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plāga , ae, f. cf. plango, = πληγή,
I.a blow, stroke, wound, stripe (class.; syn.: ictus, verbera, vulnus).
I. Lit.
A. In gen., Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 51, § 134: “(pueris) dant animos plagae,Verg. A. 7, 382; Ov. M. 12, 487; 13, 119; Gell. 5, 15, 7: “plagae et vulnera,Tac. G. 7.—Of the shock of atoms striking together, Cic. Fat. 20, 48; cf. id. ib. 10, 22.—
B. In partic., a blow which wounds or injures; a stroke, cut, thrust; a wound (class.).
2. With gen.: “scorpionum et canum plagas sanare,Plin. H. N. 23 prooem. 3, § 6.—
C. Transf., a welt, scar, stripe: “etiam de tergo ducentas plagas praegnatis dabo,swollen welts, Plaut. As. 2, 2, 10.—
II. Trop.
A. A blow, stroke; an injury, misfortune (class.): “illa plaga est injecta petitioni tuae maxima,that great blow was given, that great obstacle was presented, Cic. Mur. 23, 48: “sic nec oratio plagam gravem facit, nisi, etc.,makes a deep impression, id. Or. 68, 228: “levior est plaga ab amico, quam a debitore,loss, injury, id. Fam. 9, 16, 7: “hac ille perculsus plaga non succubuit,blow, disaster, Nep. Eum. 5.—
B. A plague, pestilence, infection (late Lat.): “leprae,Vulg. Lev. 13, 2; id. 2 Reg. 24, 25.—
C. An affliction, annoyance (late Lat.), Vulg. Deut. 7, 19: “caecitatis,id. Tob. 2, 13.—
D. Slaughter, destruction (late Lat.): “percussit eos plagā magnā,Vulg. 1 Reg. 23, 5; id. 2 Reg. 17, 9.
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