contagion (n.)
contagious quality, infecting influence
CE II.ii.153[Adriana to Antipholus of Syracuse] I do digest the poison of thy flesh, / Being strumpeted by thy contagion
Cor I.iv.30[Martius to his troops] All the contagion of the south light on you, / You shames of Rome!
Ham III.ii.397[Hamlet alone] hell itself breathes out / Contagion to this world
JC II.i.265[Portia to Brutus] is Brutus sick? / And will he steal out of his wholesome bed / To dare the vile contagion of the night ... / To add unto his sickness?
TN II.iii.54[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew] To hear by the nose, it is dulcet in contagion
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