Part of speech: adjective

Med. Affecting many in a community at once.

Part of speech: noun

Wide- spread disease, excitement, influence, etc.

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Usage examples "epidemic":

  1. The epidemic would break out, die down, and then break out afresh. - "Epistles-from-Pap-Letters-from-the-man-known-as-The-Will-Rogers-of-Indiana", Durham, Andrew Everett.
  2. There is an epidemic of clairvoyants in the city. - "Erik Dorn", Ben Hecht.
  3. Other experts- they too speaking with authority- confidently affirm that our time is coming, that a severe visitation is impending; that all we have heard of hitherto of the ravages of the epidemic elsewhere, will prove but child's play in comparison with that which we shall hear of by and by. - "The Coming of the Friars", Augustus Jessopp.