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epidemic
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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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
  • ONE DAY THERE WILL COME AN EPIDEMIC—I'LL BET ON SOME HUMDINGER OF A SEXUAL DISEASE.
    p. 613.3
  • Her blondness turned to dry straw; her cheeks and nose turned a raw salmon color, her eyes watered—she caught every flu, every common cold there was; no epidemic missed her.
    p. 116.9

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