The Plague Glossary

The Plague Glossary

Plagued

when someone feels continual trouble or distress

Sliver

a small piece of something cut off from a larger piece.

Stipend

a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or as expenses

mirth

finding something amusing, especially as expressed in laughter.

glee

to have great delight, especially from one's own good fortune or another's misfortune.

devotion

to be loyal to something or someone

flawed

having a weakness in character.

construe

to understand something

virulent

A severe strain of disease or abstract metaphor for disease that is highly contagious and dangerously infectious.

efficacious

Efficiently effective; very capable of producing success.

lethargic

Drowsy, listless and fatigued; lacking energy to do even the basic tasks.

lucid

Clear-headed; capable of thinking logically and seeing things without confusion.

the Black Death

A name given to the Dark Ages plague which killed at least a third of the entire population of Europe in medieval times.

cholera

A gastro-intestinal disease capable of killing in large numbers when medical treatment is not available.

vaunted

Receiving high praise; bragged about; publicized as worthy of hype.

malady

An illness or condition of bad health.

conjure

To bring into being from seemingly nothing, almost as if by magic or sorcery.

efface

To obliterate or cause to vanish from memory.

effluvia

Waste material that gives off an exceptionally foul odor.

epidemic

A widespread outbreak of a health emergency with the potential to harm or kill significant numbers.

sentry

Someone or something that stands guard to repel unwanted visitors or invaders.

solace

Much-need sense of offer of comfort during a time of extreme duress.

tranquil

A sense of calmness and serenity; peaceful and at rest.

fatalist

Someone who subscribes to a philosophy that everybody’s fate is predetermined and cannot be changed by their actions or decisions.

heed

To pay attention or regard.

Humanism

A doctrine of belief rejecting the superstition associated with religion and embracing scientific logic and rational thought.

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