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contagion
used in A Tale of Two Cities

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Definition
the spread of disease or any idea or attitude — especially one that is harmful
  • A curious contagion of whispering was upon it, and also, when it gathered together at the fountain in the dark, another curious contagion of looking expectantly at the sky in one direction only.
    2.23 — Fire Rises (52% in)
  • That, Virtue, as had been observed by the poets (in many passages which he well knew the jury would have, word for word, at the tips of their tongues; whereat the jury's countenances displayed a guilty consciousness that they knew nothing about the passages), was in a manner contagious; more especially the bright virtue known as patriotism, or love of country.
    2.3 — A Disappointment (7% in)
  • A curious contagion of whispering was upon it, and also, when it gathered together at the fountain in the dark, another curious contagion of looking expectantly at the sky in one direction only.
    2.23 — Fire Rises (53% in)

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