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deluge (n.)

late 14c., "an overflowing of water, a great flood, Noah's Flood in Genesis," from Old French deluge (12c.), earlier deluve, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation," from diluere "wash away," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + -luere, combining form of lavere "to wash" (from PIE root *leue- "to wash"). Figurative sense of "anything that overflows or floods" is from early 15c.

After me the deluge (F. après moi le déluge), a saying ascribed to Louis XV, who expressed thus his indifference to the results of his policy of selfish and reckless extravagance, and perhaps his apprehension of coming disaster. [Century Dictionary]

deluge (v.)

1590s, "to pour over, overwhelm in a flood, inundate;" see deluge (n.). Figurative sense of "overrun like a flood, pour over in overwhelming numbers" is from 1650s. Related: Deluged; deluging.

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Definitions of deluge
1
deluge (v.)
fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid;
Synonyms: flood / inundate / swamp
deluge (v.)
charge someone with too many tasks;
Synonyms: overwhelm / flood out
deluge (v.)
fill or cover completely, usually with water;
Synonyms: inundate / submerge
2
deluge (n.)
an overwhelming number or amount;
Synonyms: flood / inundation / torrent
deluge (n.)
a heavy rain;
Synonyms: downpour / cloudburst / waterspout / torrent / pelter / soaker
deluge (n.)
the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land;
Synonyms: flood / inundation / alluvion
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