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epidemic
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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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
  • Some adults were excited too, but to be certain the whole young population had come down with graduation epidemic.
    p. 169.1

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