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contagion

con·ta·gion

contagion

 
 
pronunciation:
kn teI jn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the spreading of a disease by contact or close association.
Fearing contagion, officials quarantined the sick passengers upon their arrival.
definition 2: the disease so spread.
definition 3: a harmful and spreading influence.
Violence became a contagion.
definition 4: the rapid spreading, as of an emotion or idea, in a group or culture.
the contagion of scientific curiosity