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 for epidemic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Epidemic \Ep`i*dem"ic\, Epidemical \Ep`i*dem"ic*al\, a. [L.
     epidemus, Gr. ?, ?, among the people, epidemic; ? in + ?
     people: cf. F. ['e]pid['e]mique. Cf. Demagogue.]
     1. (Med.) Common to, or affecting at the same time, a large
        number in a community; -- applied to a disease which,
        spreading widely, attacks many persons at the same time;
        as, an epidemic disease; an epidemic catarrh, fever, etc.
        See Endemic.
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     2. Spreading widely, or generally prevailing; affecting great
        numbers, as an epidemic does; as, epidemic rage; an
        epidemic evil.
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              It was the epidemical sin of the nation. --Bp.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Epidemic \Ep`i*dem"ic\, n. [Cf. Epidemy.]
     1. (Med.) An epidemic disease.
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     2. Anything which takes possession of the minds of people as
        an epidemic does of their bodies; as, an epidemic of
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (especially of medicine) of disease or anything
             resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many
             individuals in a community or a population
             simultaneously; "an epidemic outbreak of influenza" [ant:
             ecdemic, endemic, endemical]
      n 1: a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease; many people
           are infected at the same time

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "epidemic":
     abounding, abundant, affluent, all-sufficing, ambulatory plague,
     ample, aplenty, average, besetting, black death, black plague,
     bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, bubonic plague, catching,
     cellulocutaneous plague, common, communicable, compact, contagious,
     copious, current, defervescing plague, diffuse, dominant, effuse,
     endemic, epidemial, epigrammatic, epiphytotic, epizootic,
     exhaustless, extravagant, exuberant, fat, fertile, flush, full,
     galore, general, generous, glandular plague, growth,
     hemorrhagic plague, in plenty, in quantity, inexhaustible,
     infectious, infective, inoculable, larval plague, lavish, liberal,
     luxuriant, many, maximal, meaty, much, murrain, normal, numerous,
     opulent, ordinary, outbreak, overflowing, pandemia, pandemic, pest,
     pesthole, pestiferous, pestilence, pestilential, plague,
     plague spot, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty,
     pneumonic plague, popular, predominant, predominating,
     premonitory plague, prevailing, prevalent, prodigal, productive,
     profuse, profusive, rampant, rash, regnant, reigning, replete,
     rich, rife, riotous, routine, ruling, running, running over,
     scourge, septicemic plague, siderating plague, sporadic, spread,
     spreading, standard, stereotyped, superabundant, taking, teeming,
     tuberculosis, universal, upsurge, usual, wealthy, well-found,
     well-furnished, well-provided, well-stocked, white plague,
     wholesale, wide-ranging, widespread, zymotic

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