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4 definitions found
 for Disease
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disease \Dis*ease"\, n. [OE. disese, OF. desaise; des- (L. dis-)
     + aise ease. See Ease.]
     1. Lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet.
        [Obs.]
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              So all that night they passed in great disease.
                                                    --Spenser.
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              To shield thee from diseases of the world. --Shak.
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     2. An alteration in the state of the body or of some of its
        organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the
        vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and
        weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder;
        -- applied figuratively to the mind, to the moral
        character and habits, to institutions, the state, etc.
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              Diseases desperate grown,
              By desperate appliances are relieved. --Shak.
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              The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced
              into the public counsels have, in truth, been the
              mortal diseases under which popular governments have
              every where perished.                 --Madison.
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     Disease germ. See under Germ.
  
     Syn: Distemper; ailing; ailment; malady; disorder; sickness;
          illness; complaint; indisposition; affection. --
          Disease, Disorder, Distemper, Malady,
          Affection. Disease is the leading medical term.
          Disorder mean? much the same, with perhaps some slight
          reference to an irregularity of the system. Distemper is
          now used by physicians only of the diseases of animals.
          Malady is not a medical term, and is less used than
          formerly in literature. Affection has special reference
          to the part, organ, or function disturbed; as, his
          disease is an affection of the lungs. A disease is
          usually deep-seated and permanent, or at least
          prolonged; a disorder is often slight, partial, and
          temporary; malady has less of a technical sense than the
          other terms, and refers more especially to the suffering
          endured. In a figurative sense we speak of a disease
          mind, of disordered faculties, and of mental maladies.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Disease \Dis*ease"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diseased; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Diseasing.]
     1. To deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress.
        [Obs.]
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              His double burden did him sore disease. --Spenser.
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     2. To derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease
        or sickness; to disorder; -- used almost exclusively in
        the participle diseased.
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              He was diseased in body and mind.     --Macaulay.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  disease
      n 1: an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal
           functioning

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "disease":
     affection, affliction, ailment, bane, blight, bug, bugbear, burden,
     calamity, cancer, complaint, condition, contagion, contaminate,
     crushing burden, curse, death, debility, decrepitude, destruction,
     disability, disorder, epizootic, evil, feebleness, grievance, harm,
     ill, illness, infect, infection, infirmity, infliction, malady,
     malaise, misery, murrain, nemesis, open wound, pest, pestilence,
     plague, running sore, scourge, sickliness, sickness, syndrome,
     taint, thorn, torment, unhealthiness, vexation, virus, visitation,
     woe
  
  

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