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One entry found for contagious.
Main Entry: con·ta·gious
Pronunciation: kschwan-primarystresstamacr-jschwas
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English contagious "likely to be passed on through contact," from early French contagieus (same meaning), derived from Latin contingere "to have contact with, affect, happen" --related to CONTACT, CONTINGENT
1 a : able to be passed on by contact between individuals <colds are contagious> <contagious diseases> b : capable of passing on a contagious disease to another <he is contagious>
2 : so pleasantly irresistible as to be picked up by one person after another <your enthusiasm is contagious>

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