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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contagion mean? 

  The noun CONTAGION has 3 senses:

1. any disease easily transmitted by contact
2. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
3. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people

  Familiarity information: CONTAGION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1contagion [BACK TO TOP]


Any disease easily transmitted by contact

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


contagion; contagious disease

Hypernyms ("contagion" is a kind of...):

communicable disease (a disease that can be communicated from one person to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contagion"):

flu; grippe; influenza (an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease)

measles; morbilli; rubeola (an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children)

diphtheria (acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing)

scarlatina; scarlet fever (an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash)

pox (a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks)

trench mouth; Vincent's angina; Vincent's infection (an acute communicable infection of the respiratory tract and mouth marked by ulceration of the mucous membrane)

Cupid's disease; Cupid's itch; dose; sexually transmitted disease; social disease; VD; venereal disease; venereal infection; Venus's curse (a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact)

Sense 2contagion [BACK TO TOP]


An incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events


contagion; infection; transmission

Hypernyms ("contagion" is a kind of...):

incident (a single distinct event)

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The communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


contagion; infection

Context examples:

a contagion of mirth / the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry

Hypernyms ("contagion" is a kind of...):

communication (something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups)

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