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1. epidemic

noun. ['ˌɛpəˈdɛmɪk, ˌɛpɪˈdɛmɪk'] a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time.

Synonyms

  • irruption
  • eruption
  • outbreak

Antonyms

  • antiseptic
  • inactivity
  • inactiveness
  • inaction

Etymology

  • épidémique (French)
  • -ique (French)

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Words that Rhyme with Epidemic

  • nonacademic
  • systemic
  • pandemic
  • glycemic
  • academic
  • polemic
  • endemic
  • remick
  • remic
  • nemec
  • demick
  • emmick
  • emick

How do you pronounce epidemic?

Pronounce epidemic as ˌɛpɪˈdɛmɪk.

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Example sentences of the word epidemic


1. Noun, singular or mass
Obesity is a major epidemic not only in humans, but also in their fluffy counterparts -- dogs!

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Are you concerned about the type 2 diabetes epidemic in America?

3. Adjective
Obesity is at an epidemic level in the United States.

Quotes containing the word epidemic


1. I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species we've fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don't believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we've made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.
- Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

2. epidemic

adjective. ['ˌɛpəˈdɛmɪk, ˌɛpɪˈdɛmɪk'] (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously.

Synonyms

  • epizootic
  • pestilent
  • pestiferous
  • plaguey
  • epiphytotic
  • pestilential

Antonyms

  • endemic
  • specific
  • innocuous
  • agreeable

Etymology

  • épidémique (French)
  • -ique (French)
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