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 for deluge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deluge \Del"uge\ (d[e^]l"[-u]j), n. [F. d['e]luge, L. diluvium,
     fr. diluere wash away; di- = dis- + luere, equiv. to lavare
     to wash. See Lave, and cf. Diluvium.]
     1. A washing away; an overflowing of the land by water; an
        inundation; a flood; specifically, The Deluge, the great
        flood in the days of Noah (--Gen. vii.).
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     2. Fig.: Anything which overwhelms, or causes great
        destruction. "The deluge of summer." --Lowell.
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              A fiery deluge fed
              With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed. --Milton.
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              As I grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London]
              street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial
              ground, which has still survived in the deluge. --F.
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              After me the deluge.
              (Apr['e]s moi le d['e]luge.)          --Madame de
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deluge \Del"uge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deluged; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To overflow with water; to inundate; to overwhelm.
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              The deluged earth would useless grow. --Blackmore.
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     2. To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread;
        to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern
        nations deluged the Roman empire with their armies; the
        land is deluged with woe.
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              At length corruption, like a general flood . . .
              Shall deluge all.                     --Pope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a
           torrent of abuse" [syn: flood, inundation, deluge,
      2: a heavy rain [syn: downpour, cloudburst, deluge,
         waterspout, torrent, pelter, soaker]
      3: the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto
         normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"
         [syn: flood, inundation, deluge, alluvion]
      v 1: fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the
           basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images
           flooded his mind" [syn: deluge, flood, inundate,
      2: charge someone with too many tasks [syn: overwhelm,
         deluge, flood out]
      3: fill or cover completely, usually with water [syn:
         inundate, deluge, submerge]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  182 Moby Thesaurus words for "deluge":
     Niagara, abound, affusion, alluvion, alluvium, army, aspergation,
     aspersion, avalanche, baptism, baptize, bath, bathing,
     be prodigal with, bedewing, brash, burst of rain, bury, cascade,
     cataclysm, cataract, cloudburst, cluster, cohue, crowd, crush,
     dampening, damping, dewing, dip, douse, downfall, downflow,
     downpour, drench, drencher, drown, drowning, duck, dunk,
     embarras de richesses, engulf, engulfment, enough, extravagance,
     extravagancy, float, flock, flood, flood the market, flooding,
     flow on, flush, flux, fresh, freshet, galaxy, gush, gushing rain,
     heap, heavy rain, horde, hosing, hosing down, host, humidification,
     immerge, immerse, immersion, inundate, inundation, irrigation, jam,
     landslide, laving, lavishness, legion, mass, merge, mob,
     moistening, money to burn, more than enough, multitude,
     overabundance, overaccumulation, overbounteousness, overbrim,
     overcome, overcopiousness, overdose, overequip, overflow,
     overflowing, overfurnish, overlavish, overlavishness,
     overluxuriance, overmeasure, overmuchness, overnumerousness,
     overplentifulness, overplenty, overpopulation, overprofusion,
     overprovender, overprovide, overprovision, overrun, overrunning,
     oversell, overstock, oversufficiency, oversupply, overwhelm,
     panoply, plash, plenty, plethora, plunge in water, pour, pour on,
     pour out, pour over, press, prodigality, rabble, rain, rainburst,
     rainspout, rainstorm, redundancy, rinsing, river, rout, ruck,
     run over, scud, sink, slop, slosh, sluice, soak, soaker,
     soaking rain, sop, souse, sparging, spate, spattering, spill,
     spill out, spill over, spillage, splashing, splattering, spout,
     spraying, sprinkling, stream, submerge, submerse, submersion,
     superabundance, superflux, swamp, swashing, sweep, teem,
     the Deluge, the Flood, throng, torrent, torrent of rain, washout,
     waterflood, watering, waterspout, wet, wetting, whelm, whelming

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     the name given to Noah's flood, the history of which is recorded
     in Gen. 7 and 8.
       It began in the year 2516 B.C., and continued twelve lunar
     months and ten days, or exactly one solar year.
       The cause of this judgment was the corruption and violence
     that filled the earth in the ninth generation from Adam. God in
     righteous indignation determined to purge the earth of the
     ungodly race. Amid a world of crime and guilt there was one
     household that continued faithful and true to God, the household
     of Noah. "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations."
       At the command of God, Noah made an ark 300 cubits long, 50
     broad, and 30 high. He slowly proceeded with this work during a
     period of one hundred and twenty years (Gen. 6:3). At length the
     purpose of God began to be carried into effect. The following
     table exhibits the order of events as they occurred:
       In the six hundredth year of his life Noah is commanded by God
     to enter the ark, taking with him his wife, and his three sons
     with their wives (Gen. 7:1-10).
       The rain begins on the seventeenth day of the second month
     (Gen. 7:11-17).
       The rain ceases, the waters prevail, fifteen cubits upward
     (Gen. 7:18-24).
       The ark grounds on one of the mountains of Ararat on the
     seventeenth day of the seventh month, or one hundred and fifty
     days after the Deluge began (Gen. 8:1-4).
       Tops of the mountains visible on the first day of the tenth
     month (Gen. 8:5).
       Raven and dove sent out forty days after this (Gen. 8:6-9).
       Dove again sent out seven days afterwards; and in the evening
     she returns with an olive leaf in her mouth (Gen. 8:10, 11).
       Dove sent out the third time after an interval of other seven
     days, and returns no more (Gen. 8:12).
       The ground becomes dry on the first day of the first month of
     the new year (Gen. 8:13).
       Noah leaves the ark on the twenty-seventh day of the second
     month (Gen. 8:14-19).
       The historical truth of the narrative of the Flood is
     established by the references made to it by our Lord (Matt.
     24:37; comp. Luke 17:26). Peter speaks of it also (1 Pet. 3:20;
     2 Pet. 2:5). In Isa. 54:9 the Flood is referred to as "the
     waters of Noah." The Biblical narrative clearly shows that so
     far as the human race was concerned the Deluge was universal;
     that it swept away all men living except Noah and his family,
     who were preserved in the ark; and that the present human race
     is descended from those who were thus preserved.
       Traditions of the Deluge are found among all the great
     divisions of the human family; and these traditions, taken as a
     whole, wonderfully agree with the Biblical narrative, and agree
     with it in such a way as to lead to the conclusion that the
     Biblical is the authentic narrative, of which all these
     traditions are more or less corrupted versions. The most
     remarkable of these traditions is that recorded on tablets
     prepared by order of Assur-bani-pal, the king of Assyria. These
     were, however, copies of older records which belonged to
     somewhere about B.C. 2000, and which formed part of the priestly
     library at Erech (q.v.), "the ineradicable remembrance of a real
     and terrible event." (See NOAH; CHALDEA.)

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  DELUGE, n.  A notable first experiment in baptism which washed away
  the sins (and sinners) of the world.

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