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Contagious Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    contagious adj
  1. of or relating to communicable diseases; "by the road to the contagious hospital"
  2. easily diffused or spread as from one person to another; "a contagious grin"
  3. (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection [syn: catching, communicable, contractable, transmissible, transmittable]
Contagious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Contagious \Con*ta"gious\, a. [L. contagiosus: cf. F. contagieux.]
  1. (Med.) 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. Usage: 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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* Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

* Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. - James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.

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