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a·gue

 (ā′gyo͞o)
n.
1. A febrile condition in which there are alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating. Used chiefly in reference to the fevers associated with malaria.
2. A chill or fit of shivering.

[Middle English, from Old French (fievre) ague, sharp (fever), from Medieval Latin (febris) acūta, from Latin, feminine of acūtus; see acute.]

a′gu·ish (ā′gyo͞o-ĭsh) adj.
a′gu·ish·ly adv.
a′gu·ish·ness n.

ague

(ˈeɪɡjuː)
n
1. (Medicine) a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
2. a fit of shivering
[C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute]
ˈaguish adj
ˈaguishly adv

a•gue

(ˈeɪ gyu)

n.
1. chills, fever, and sweating associated with malaria.
2. any fever marked by shivering.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta]
a′gu•ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ague - a fit of shivering or shakingague - a fit of shivering or shaking  
illness, sickness, unwellness, malady - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
2.ague - successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malariaague - successive stages of chills and fever that is a symptom of malaria
malaria - an infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
quartan - a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day
3.ague - a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
accent mark, accent - a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
Translations

ague

(archaic) [ˈeɪgjuː] Nfiebre f intermitente

ague

nSchüttelfrost m no art
References in classic literature ?
- An ague very violent; the fit held me seven hours; cold fit and hot, with faint sweats after it.
"And then," said Tip to himself, with a laugh, "she'll squeal louder than the brown pig does when I pull her tail, and shiver with fright worse than I did last year when I had the ague!"
Pierre noticed that he was pale and that his jaw quivered and shook as if in an ague.
Trent himself had done his share of the carrying, ever keeping his eyes fixed upon the death-lit face of their burden, every ready to fight off the progress of the fever and ague, as the twitching lips or shivering limbs gave warning of a change.
Heathcliff, having stared his son into an ague of confusion, uttered a scornful laugh.
Maybe you don't count it nothing to have a real college doctor to see you every day--you, John, with your head broke--or you, George Merry, that had the ague shakes upon you not six hours agone, and has your eyes the colour of lemon peel to this same moment on the clock?
"I will, please God," answered Sancho, and the two retiring to one side of the road set themselves to observe closely what all these moving lights might be; and very soon afterwards they made out some twenty encamisados, all on horseback, with lighted torches in their hands, the awe-inspiring aspect of whom completely extinguished the courage of Sancho, who began to chatter with his teeth like one in the cold fit of an ague; and his heart sank and his teeth chattered still more when they perceived distinctly that behind them there came a litter covered over with black and followed by six more mounted figures in mourning down to the very feet of their mules- for they could perceive plainly they were not horses by the easy pace at which they went.
Then it was shaken by a prolonged ague. He stared into space.
He opened at once his little eyes and his great mouth, to inhale better the joke his eminence deigned to address to him, and ended by a burst of laughter, so violent that his great limbs shook in hilarity as they would have done in an ague.
The bee hunter is generally some settler on the verge of the prairies; a long, lank fellow, of fever and ague complexion, acquired from living on new soil, and in a hut built of green logs.
Mr Jones now fell a trembling as if he had been shaken with the fit of an ague. Sophia, who was in a situation not very different from his, answered in these words: "Mr Jones, I will not affect to misunderstand you; indeed, I understand you too well; but, for Heaven's sake, if you have any affection for me, let me make the best of my way into the house.
The hottest suns of India never heated his temper; and the Walcheren ague never shook it.