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contagion
used in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Definition
the spread of disease or any idea or attitude — especially one that is harmful
  • The chariest maid is prodigal enough If she unmask her beauty to the moon: Virtue itself scopes not calumnious strokes: The canker galls the infants of the spring Too oft before their buttons be disclos'd: And in the morn and liquid dew of youth Contagious blastments are most imminent.
    1.3 — Act 1 Scene 3 — A room in Polonius's house (30% in)
  • ] 'tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood, And do such bitter business as the day Would quake to look on.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — A hall in the Castle (98% in)
  • I bought an unction of a mountebank, So mortal that, but dip a knife in it, Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare, Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon, can save the thing from death This is but scratch'd withal: I'll touch my point With this contagion, that, if I gall him slightly, It may be death.
    4.7 — Act 4 Scene 7 — Another room in the Castle (75% in)

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