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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INFECT

Throw me on a dunghill, and let me rot there, to infect the air!'

The nurse should be particularly careful not to infect herself.

But you have no right to infect Bonaday, here, with your poison.

They are easily caught by panic, lose their heads and infect all the others.

Stand clear of rashness, and have nothing of insincerity or self-love to infect you.

His mother could not, indeed, infect others with the same cruelty.

He may kiss any member of his family, or a baby, and infect them.

A few vile persons will taint and infect a whole neighborhood.

You know well, old man, that I do not grudge hospitality, but fear to infect you.

Weep not thus, my love, or you will infect me with emotions too painful to be borne.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Latin infectus, past participle of inficere "to spoil, stain," literally "to put in to, dip into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + facere "perform" (see factitious). Related: Infected; infecting.

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