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


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


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Examples of deluge in a Sentence


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


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

Over its left and right front corners there are professional-grade water monitors, also known as deluge guns, which can raise and lower and pivot and drain those tanks completely in fewer than five minutes. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 Roads to Wilmington were cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles (kilometers) inland. Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Flooding from Florence swamps neighborhoods," 16 Sep. 2018 Rather than an overwhelming deluge of styles and colors and padding options, these brands have honed their pitch to something that can be contained within a single Instagram post. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Did #MeToo Kill the Push-Up Bra?," 23 Mar. 2018 Combat between players doesn't unlock until level 5, thankfully, so the initial moments out of the vault aren't a deluge of experimental bullets. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 The 2017 iteration, by default, was intended to belong to the everywoman, thousands of whom responded to Milano in a deluge of tweets and status updates. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 Lytro’s breakthrough feature was the ability to read and understand a deluge of data, including the direction light rays are traveling. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Camera Tricks: How the Dazzling iPhone XS and XR Photos Features Work," 13 Sep. 2018 Many in comedy today think that too many specials are being released, that comics are not spending enough time developing their art and that a deluge of mediocre stand-up will water down quality. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes," 2 July 2018 For now, Peters’ videos are some of the best evidence available to show what happens when a deluge hits the rocky slopes surrounding Main Street. Scott Dance,, "Ellicott City property owner's private surveillance camera network captured destructive flooding," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chopra and Jonas have been deluged with criticism that their wedding was a form of #sponcon, or sponsored content, a term for social media posts that are authored by or explicitly endorse brands. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The controversy over Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 The region has been deluged by historic amounts of rainfall — best measured in feet in many locations — and floodwaters along rivers inland are still rising. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Photos: what Hurricane Florence’s destruction looks like on the ground," 17 Sep. 2018 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., "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

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First Known Use of deluge


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


1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deluge

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of deluge was in the 14th century

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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



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


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


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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