(noun, adjective)


1. (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously

- an epidemic outbreak of influenza

Similar word(s): epiphytotic, epizootic, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, plaguey

Sentences with epidemic as an adjective:

- Epidemic hysteria occurred upon the incumbent’s reelection.


1. a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people are infected at the same time

Definition categories: event, eruption, irruption, outbreak