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used in Atlas Shrugged

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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
  • There's never any warning given or any special reason, it's more like an epidemic, it hits the men suddenly and they go.
    2.8 Part 2 Chapter 8 — By Our Love (91% in)
  • No grapefruit juice?" he snapped; his doctor had prescribed grapefruit juice as protection against an epidemic of colds.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (80% in)

There are no more uses of "epidemic" in Atlas Shrugged.

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