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A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time
“I remembered hearing about the cholera epidemic which had struck just before I was born.”
A sudden, widespread occurrence of an undesirable phenomenon
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“The epidemic of crime in the thrift industry in the 1980s threatened the survival of the industry itself.”
A broad and frequent situation, epidemic or common occurrence
An unusually large number of insects or animals infesting a place and causing damage
A measure of the contagiousness of a disease or illness
Contagious, of the nature of an epidemic
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“This epidemic disease, which was felt sooner at Edinburgh than any other part of this island, spread itself gradually over all Scotland.”
Very widespread, common or prevalent
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“If nothing else, Congress should respond to the epidemic perception of abuse.”
Not restrained or held in check
Characterized by a rate of rapid change or growth
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