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epidemic

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Definition a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person (or other organism) to another

or more rarely:  anything that spreads quickly — especially something bad
  • Doctors are concerned about an epidemic outbreak of influenza this year.
epidemic = a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person to another
  • They're not going to permit another great epidemic of it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • epidemic = a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
  • I don't want no epidemic gittin' started in this town.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • epidemic = a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
  • No strange diseases, no food epidemics, no collapsing buildings.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire's Assistant
  • epidemics = a widespread outbreak of a disease
  • This idea of crime as an epidemic, it must be said, is a little strange.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • epidemic = a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person (or other organism) to another

    or more rarely:  anything that spreads quickly — especially something bad
  • Is the epidemic getting out of hand?
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • epidemic = a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person (or other organism) to another
  • Millions of our children, our most precious natural resource, are being victimized by a tragic and unconscionable epidemic of child abuse and neglect.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • It's an epidemic of seeing.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • 'Well, well .... something of the epidemic ....'
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • After all they were not battling an epidemic.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • We have a contagious epidemic.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The kind that quickens during a hunt, not an epidemic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Like an epidemic spreading swiftly from land to land, the metamorphosis infected the entire human race.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • Now AIDS, on the other hand, has been an epidemic that does occupy the writers of its time.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Once we get an epidemic of lice, or crabs, or scabies, it is near impossible to get rid of 'em.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Teen pregnancy is such an epidemic in our area that I felt good about sharing my story with people outside of my high school.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • That's what had happend to Father: they'd had an epidemic of cholera on the prison ship he'd been on.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Many had died in a cholera epidemic and they'd been buried in haste in wooden boxes and the boxes were rotting and falling open.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • One such sick and dying wolf appeared in Churchill during the 1946 epidemic.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Without additional funding for public health measures, outbreaks and epidemics of new diseases were virtually inevitable.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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