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Following the French Revolution, a contagion of upheaval spread across Europe.
  the spread of disease or any idea or attitude — especially one that is harmful
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  • Following the French Revolution, a contagion of upheaval spread across Europe.
  • One of the tragedies for AIDS patients is the irrational fear of contagion through casual contact.
  • A contagion of laughter had spread through the room.
  • People act as if death is contagious.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie

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  • After fifty laps, one guy quit, and since quitting is contagious, three other boys caught the disease and walked off the court, too.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • I made some of you reading this yawn simply by writing the word "yawn." The people who yawned when they saw you yawn, meanwhile, were infected by the sight of you yawning — which is a second kind of contagion.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Kitchen-Girl’s fear is contagious, and I hurriedly pour water from the kettle into the mug on the tray.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Next to her, both Lauren and Eileen are angled slightly away, as though they don’t want to be associated with her, as though she has some contagious disease.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Suddenly the boeuf boy leans away, as if unwinding is contagious.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • "Viral Contagion Threat," Brenda answered before Thomas could ask her.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Her smile, I still believe, had never been more contagious in its joy than it was that summer.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • It was contagious.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • A label below the symbol said: Virus VC321xb47 Highly Contagious 24 Darts, Extreme Caution Mark suddenly wished he hadn’t touched the thing.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Or maybe the statue’s look is contagious.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Beebi’s laugh was that contagious.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Some of the children watched from outside the door, keeping their distance in case whatever these people suffered from was contagious.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Hata is, literally, "flag," and a "black flag," or kurohata, is the banner a village would raise by its gate in olden times to warn of a contagion within.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Fear is contagious.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • They must’ve known that Clarke would be curious, but since the illness was probably contagious, they’d lied to Clarke to keep her safe.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "It’s not like wires are contagious," Cinder muttered to her empty booth.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Are they contagious?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • We’re probably not contagious.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • If only patience were contagious like mumps.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "It isn’t contagious.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Yet just one glance at each other and we were lost, slumping on the table in helpless, contagious laughter.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Charles Wallace, holding her hand tightly, was look— ing around, too, and suddenly he laughed, his own, sweet, contagious laugh.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • With their telephone switched off and Contagious Disease added to the No Visitors sign, the bomb victims had privacy at last.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Somehow, this form of high-pitched laughter is contagious, because Mai is now giggling.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • And Mrs. Daugherty, who kept her kids back from the front door like I was contagious and who didn’t even answer the door.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Fear is contagious.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • His enthusiasm about whatever movie or play he had seen recently was contagious.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • In another half second her father’s hands are in her armpits, swinging her up, and Marie-Laure smiles, and he laughs a pure, contagious laugh, one she will try to remember all her life, father and daughter turning in circles on the sidewalk in front of their apartment house, laughing together while snow sifts through the branches above.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I know the deliria isn’t like a cold—you can’t get it from being sneezed on—but still, it’s contagious, and when I woke up the day after our meeting at East End with my limbs still heavy and my head as light as a bubble and an ache in my throat that refused to go away, my first thought was that I’d been infected.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • "Prisoner’s condition contagious to others in cell."
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Because they thought IRAN was a contagious disease.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I’m sure Sophie missed many of the nuances of his act, but affected by the general contagion, joined me in filling Flatbush Avenue with noisy runaway laughter.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And my mascara, but only if you swear you don’t have a contagious eye disease."
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • They would take the longest way around me to avoid bumping into me in any way, like I had some germ they could catch, like my face was contagious.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • His sadness is contagious, sending an ache over me.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • And hers was a loud, contagious laugh that surprised you at first, caught you right off guard and made it impossible for you to even consider not joining in.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Any sort of contagious disease would spread through this place like wildfire.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • They clammed up and stood aside as Tally passed, as if she were contagious.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • And that would not be so bad, only for the deadly contagion.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Tension is contagious, you know.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Although, against the sterile bandage, the hem of his undershorts looks filthy and teeming with contagion.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The doctor said it was pretty contagious.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Among worldly people manner is contagious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My embarrassment was contagious.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Like decorating my windowsill with flowers every day for a week when I was contagious with the chicken pox.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
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