deluge

See also: Deluge and déluge

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French deluge, alteration of earlier deluvie, from Latin dīluvium, from lavō (wash)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

deluge (plural deluges)

  1. A great flood or rain.
    The deluge continued for hours, drenching the land and slowing traffic to a halt.
  2. An overwhelming amount of something; anything that overwhelms or causes great destruction.
    The rock concert was a deluge of sound.
    • Milton
      A fiery deluge fed / With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed.
    • Lowell
      The little bird sits at his door in the sun, / Atilt like a blossom among the leaves, / And lets his illumined being o'errun / With the deluge of summer it receives.

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

deluge (third-person singular simple present deluges, present participle deluging, simple past and past participle deluged)

  1. (transitive) To flood with water.
  2. (transitive) To overwhelm.
    After the announcement, they were deluged with requests for more information.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 1996, T.F. Hoad, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Etymology, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192830988

See alsoEdit


Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

deluge m (oblique plural deluges, nominative singular deluges, nominative plural deluge)

  1. large flood

DescendantsEdit

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