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epidemic
used in The Poisonwood Bible

4 uses
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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
  • "Two of her children died in the epidemic," I said.
    Book 3 — Judges (31% in)
  • NO EPIDEMICS, I wrote.
    Book 3 — Judges (16% in)
  • Our mother, the recent agoraphobe, who kept us pumpkin-shelled indoors through all the months of rain and epidemic and Independence, has now turned on her protector: she eyes our house suspiciously, accuses it of being "cobwebby" and "strangling us with the heat."
    Book 3 — Judges (70% in)
  • Epidemics sometimes devastated the village, but they always ended, not far from where they began.
    Book 5 — Exodus (58% in)

There are no more uses of "epidemic" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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