Infest vs Plague - What's the difference?

infest | plague |


As verbs the difference between infest and plague

is that infest is to inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers while plague is .

As an adjective infest

is (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing.

infest

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To inhabit a place in unpleasantly large numbers
  • Insects are infesting my basement!
  • (pathology, of a parasite) To invade a host plant or animal
  • Synonyms

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    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) mischievous; hurtful; harassing
  • (Spenser)

    Anagrams

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    plague

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium ''Yersinia pestis .
  • (pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
  • A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.
  • Ten Biblical plagues over Egypt, ranging from locusts to the death of the crown prince, finally forced Pharaoh to let Moses's people go.
  • A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates
  • Bart is an utter plague ; his pranks never cease.

    Synonyms

    * pest

    Derived terms

    * plaguesome * plaguey

    Verb

  • To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.
  • Wikis are often plagued by vandalism
  • To afflict with a disease or other calamity.
  • ''Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland

    Derived terms

    * plaguer