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con·ta·gion

 (kən-tā′jən)
n.
1.
a. Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.
b. A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.
c. The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
2. Psychology The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
3. A harmful, corrupting influence: feared that violence on television was a contagion affecting young viewers.
4. The tendency to spread, as of a doctrine, influence, or emotional state.

[Middle English contagioun, from Latin contāgiō, contāgiōn-, from contingere, contāct-, to touch; see contact.]

contagion

(kənˈteɪdʒən)
n
1. (Pathology) the transmission of disease from one person to another by direct or indirect contact
2. (Pathology) a contagious disease
3. (Pathology) another name for contagium
4. a corrupting or harmful influence that tends to spread; pollutant
5. the spreading of an emotional or mental state among a number of people: the contagion of mirth.
[C14: from Latin contāgiō a touching, infection, from contingere; see contact]

con•ta•gion

(kənˈteɪ dʒən)

n.
1. the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact.
2. a disease so communicated.
3. the medium by which a contagious disease is transmitted.
4. harmful or undesirable contact or influence.
5. the ready transmission or spread of an idea, emotion, etc.: the contagion of fear.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin contāgiō contact, infection]
con•ta′gioned, adj.

con·ta·gion

(kən-tā′jən)
1. The transmission of disease resulting from contact between individuals: Lack of sanitary conditions may lead to widespread contagion.
2. A disease that is transmitted in this way: The flu is a common contagion of the winter months.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contagion - any disease easily transmitted by contact
communicable disease - a disease that can be communicated from one person to another
flu, grippe, influenza - an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
measles, morbilli, rubeola - an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
diphtheria - acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing
scarlatina, scarlet fever - an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash
pox - a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
trench mouth, Vincent's angina, Vincent's infection - an acute communicable infection of the respiratory tract and mouth marked by ulceration of the mucous membrane
sexually transmitted disease, social disease, STD, VD, venereal disease, venereal infection, Venus's curse, Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, dose - a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact
2.contagion - an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
incident - a single distinct event
3.contagion - the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

contagion

noun
1. contamination, infection, corruption, pollution, taint They have been reluctant to admit AIDS patients because of unfounded fears of contagion.
2. spread, spreading, communication, passage, proliferation, diffusion, transference, dissemination, dispersal, transmittal He continues to isolate his country from the contagion of foreign ideas.
Related words
fear misophobia

contagion

noun
Anything that is injurious, destructive, or fatal:
Translations
عَدوى بِالمُلامَسَه
nákazanakažlivá choroba
smitte
tartunta
fertőzésragály
smitun
bulaşmageçmesalgın

contagion

[kənˈteɪdʒən] Ncontagio m

contagion

[kənˈteɪdʒən] n
(= spread of disease) → contagion f
(pejorative) (= harmful influence) [ideas, attitudes] → contagion f

contagion

n (= contact)Ansteckung f; (= disease)Ansteckungskrankheit f; (= epidemic)Seuche f (also fig); (fig: = spreading influence) → schädlicher Einfluss

contagion

[kənˈteɪdʒn] n (Med) (frm) → contagio

contagious

(kənˈteidʒəs) adjective
spreading from one person to another by physical contact. Is that skin disease contagious?
conˈtagion noun
an infection.

con·ta·gion

n. contagio, transmisión de una enfermedad por contacto.
References in classic literature ?
Arobin caught the contagion of excitement which drew him to Edna like a magnet.
Children are even more apt, if possible, than grown people, to catch the contagion of a panic terror.
For her kindred, should the tidings ever reach them, and for the companions of her unspotted life, there remained nothing but the contagion of her dishonour; which would not fail to be distributed in strict accordance arid proportion with the intimacy and sacredness of their previous relationship.
There was a contagion in the very air that blew from that haunted region; it breathed forth an atmosphere of dreams and fancies infecting all the land.
And that would not be so bad, only for the deadly contagion.
The teachers were fully occupied with packing up and making other necessary preparations for the departure of those girls who were fortunate enough to have friends and relations able and willing to remove them from the seat of contagion.
A curious contagion of whispering was upon it, and also, when it gathered together at the fountain in the dark, another curious contagion of looking expectantly at the sky in one direction only.
The fact is, my dear,' I began, 'there is contagion in us.
O alienate from God, O spirit accurst, Forsak'n of all good; I see thy fall Determind, and thy hapless crew involv'd In this perfidious fraud, contagion spred Both of thy crime and punishment: henceforth No more be troubl'd how to quit the yoke Of Gods MESSIAH; those indulgent Laws Will not be now voutsaf't, other Decrees Against thee are gon forth without recall; That Golden Scepter which thou didst reject Is now an Iron Rod to bruise and breake Thy disobedience.
Thus, like the sad presaging raven, that tolls The sick man's passport in her hollow beak, And in the shadow of the silent night Doth shake contagion from her sable wings; Vex'd and tormented, runs poor Barrabas, With fatal curses towards these Christians.
And as to those mortal feuds which, in certain conjunctures, spread a conflagration through a whole nation, or through a very large proportion of it, proceeding either from weighty causes of discontent given by the government or from the contagion of some violent popular paroxysm, they do not fall within any ordinary rules of calculation.
Superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together.