deluge

noun
del·​uge | \ˈdel-ˌyüj, -ˌyüzh; nonstandard də-ˈlüj, ˈdā-ˌlüj \

Definition of deluge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an overflowing of the land by water

b : a drenching rain a deluge causing mudslides in the area

2 : an overwhelming amount or number received a deluge of angry phone calls

deluge

verb
deluged; deluging

Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to overflow with water : inundate

2 : overwhelm, swamp The store was deluged with complaints.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deluge

Synonyms: Noun

alluvion, bath, cataclysm, cataract, flood, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, overflow, spate, torrent

Synonyms: Verb

drown, engulf, flood, gulf, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, submerge, submerse, swamp

Antonyms: Noun

drought (also drouth)

Antonyms: Verb

drain

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Examples of deluge in a Sentence

Noun

The deluge caused severe mudslides. a deluge of thanks and appreciation for the returning troops

Verb

Heavy rains deluged the region. deluged with requests for help
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With six months of campaigning left, a deluge of political and social narratives — true and false — are being distributed to shape voters’ views. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world," 30 Oct. 2018 The idea could also produce a host of unintended consequences — from a deluge of dark money corrupting the legal process to the creation of an office with electoral authority rivaling that of the president. Tom Emswiler And Will Isenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Vote for Jeff Sessions? Why the public should elect the US attorney general," 10 June 2018 Given the potential for Republicans to retake this Senate seat, there’s been a deluge of funding pouring into the race ahead of the Tuesday primary, Vox’s Ella Nilsen reports. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Every June 5 primary you need to know about, including voting times, briefly explained," 5 June 2018 Played by a soulful but occasionally hard-to-understand Tom Burke, Cormoran Strike gets submerged in television's deluge of brilliant rogue detectives. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'C.B. Strike': TV Review," 31 May 2018 Her ordeal highlights the hardships faced by thousands of drivers in Kansas City — particularly poor African-Americans suffering from a deluge of problems caused by traffic tickets. Aaron Randle And Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Black KC drivers get more tickets than whites. Race is only part of the problem | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 2018 People can’t seem to get enough of you, despite a deluge of your bright walls and ambient lighting all over the feeds. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New Shanghai restaurant was designed for your Instagram feed," 1 May 2018 Despite the hurdles, the rush of scooter cash reflects the tremendous deluge of investor money that has pushed up Silicon Valley valuations lately. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Scoot Over: A Two-Wheeled Gold Rush in Silicon Valley," 15 June 2018 Kaew, who had no scuba gear with him, scrambled to higher ground, barely escaping the final deluge. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several months after Hurricane Harvey, the massive storm that deluged Houston in 2017, researchers attributed 38 percent of the storm’s record rainfall to global warming. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Florence caused up to $22 billion in damages. Climate change made the storm worse.," 3 Oct. 2018 Unseasonable rains deluged Peru’s northern coast in 2017. Barbara Fraser, Discover Magazine, "Understanding the Amazon By Digging Into the Ground Beneath It," 28 Sep. 2018 In recent days the region has been deluged with heavy rains and landslides in some areas. James Hookway, WSJ, "Hundreds Missing in Laos After Dam Collapses," 24 July 2018 Heavy rain deluged much of Massachusetts on Thursday morning, soaking pedestrians, overflowing gutters, and forcing road closures. BostonGlobe.com, "We can’t afford to replace empathy with apathy," 28 June 2018 Gilmore said he was deluged with death threats, hate mail and online hacking attempts. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "The conspiracy theorists attacked him. He’s fighting back in court.," 13 Mar. 2018 Multiple 911 calls from the 6300 block of Isthmus Court began deluging dispatch phone lines around 4:30 p.m., according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department media release. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Two injured in south Sacramento shooting that it up 911 phone lines | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Feb. 2018 One of the only children along that section of the route, she was deluged with candy, necklaces and other trinkets thrown from floats. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 When two popular YouTube video creators quarreled with a bar in Cleveland, the establishment's Yelp page was deluged and some of its staff received death threats. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "This restaurant booted Sarah Sanders, then came the digital pitchforks.," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of deluge

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deluge

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French deluje, from Latin diluvium, from diluere to wash away, from dis- + lavere to wash — more at lye

Verb

see deluge entry 1

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deluge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large amount of rain that suddenly falls in an area

: a situation in which a large area of land becomes completely covered with water

: a large amount of things that come at the same time

deluge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or send (someone) a large amount of things at the same time

: to flood (a place) with water

deluge

noun
del·​uge | \ˈdel-yüj \

Kids Definition of deluge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a flooding of land by water : flood

2 : a drenching rain

3 : a sudden huge stream of something a deluge of mail

deluge

verb
deluged; deluging

Kids Definition of deluge (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to overwhelm as if with a flood We were deluged by questions.

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