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contagious

CONTAGIOUS, a.

1. Containing or generating contagion; catching; that may be communicated by contact, or by a subtil excreted matter; as a contagious disease.

2. Poisonous; pestilential; containing contagion; as contagious air; contagious clothing.

3. Containing mischief that may be propagated; as contagious example.

4. That may be communicated from one to another, or may excite like affections in others.

His genius rendered his courage more contagious.



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CONTAGIOUS, a.

1. Containing or generating contagion; catching; that may be communicated by contact, or by a subtil excreted matter; as a contagious disease.

2. Poisonous; pestilential; containing contagion; as contagious air; contagious clothing.

3. Containing mischief that may be propagated; as contagious example.

4. That may be communicated from one to another, or may excite like affections in others.

His genius rendered his courage more contagious.

CON-TA'GIOUS, a.

  1. Containing or generating contagion; catching; that may be communicated by contact, or by a subtle excreted matter; as, a contagious disease.
  2. Poisonous; pestilential; containing contagion; as, contagious air; contagious clothing.
  3. Containing mischief that may be propagated; as, contagious example.
  4. That may be communicated from one to another, or may excite like affections in others. His genius rendered his courage more contagious. – Wirt.

Con*ta"gious
  1. Communicable by contact, by a virus, or by a bodily exhalation; catching; as, a contagious disease.
  2. Conveying or generating disease; pestilential; poisonous; as, contagious air.
  3. Spreading or communicable from one to another; exciting similar emotions or conduct in others.

    His genius rendered his courage more contagious.
    Wirt.

    The spirit of imitation is contagious.
    Ames.

    Syn. -- Contagious, Infectious. These words have been used in very diverse senses; but, in general, a contagious disease has been considered as one which is caught from another by contact, by the breath, by bodily effluvia, etc.; while an infectious disease supposes some entirely different cause acting by a hidden influence, like the miasma of prison ships, of marshes, etc., infecting the system with disease. "This distinction, though not universally admitted by medical men, as to the literal meaning of the words, certainly applies to them in their figurative use. Thus we speak of the contagious influence of evil associates; their contagion of bad example, the contagion of fear, etc., when we refer to transmission by proximity or contact. On the other hand, we speak of infection by bad principles, etc., when we consider anything as diffused by some hidden influence.

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Contagious

CONTAGIOUS, adjective

1. Containing or generating contagion; catching; that may be communicated by contact, or by a subtil excreted matter; as a contagious disease.

2. Poisonous; pestilential; containing contagion; as contagious air; contagious clothing.

3. Containing mischief that may be propagated; as contagious example.

4. That may be communicated from one to another, or may excite like affections in others.

His genius rendered his courage more contagious

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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