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contagion
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Definition the spread of disease or any idea or attitude — especially one that is harmful
  • One of the tragedies for AIDS patients is the irrational fear of contagion through casual contact.
  • Following the French Revolution, a contagion of upheaval spread across Europe.
  • contagion = the spread of disease or any idea or attitude — especially one that is harmful
  • A contagion of laughter had spread through the room.
  • Monks in desert hideaways, far from contagion; mountain goatherders who'd never mixed with the valley people; lost tribes in the jungles.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • contagion = germs that spread a disease
  • People act as if death is contagious.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • contagious = infectious (the spread of a disease)
  • 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 Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • contagious = the spread of disease or any idea or attitude — especially one that is harmful
  • With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • contagion = the spread
  • 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
  • contagion = means of transfer or spreading something
  • He was worried about contagion — could the Crakers get this thing, or was their genetic material too different?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Maybe they too had hoped they could outrun contagion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • Charles Wallace, holding her hand tightly, was looking around, too, and suddenly he laughed, his own, sweet, contagious laugh.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • This cancer business,' he said; 'does anybody know if it's contagious?'
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The fair was a "contagion," a "virus," a form of "progressive cerebral meningitis."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The contagion spread to the other carriages.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Tostan has demonstrated that empowerment is contagious, accomplished person by person and spreading village by village.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • And, of course, the mysterious disease I had had might have been dormant and contagious.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • As if the difficulty were contagious, Young John soon pushed away his own plate, and fell to folding the cabbage-leaf that had contained the ham.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • If we suffer, Out of our easiness and childish pity To one man's honour, this contagious sickness, Farewell all physic!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • The doctors kept us away from the rest of the team because the virus was so contagious.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • Fear is contagious, and I could see my own reflected in Mahtob's eyes.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter

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