1. a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
  2. a drenching rain; downpour.
  3. anything that overwhelms like a flood: a deluge of mail.
  4. the Deluge. flood(def 3).

verb (used with object), del·uged, del·ug·ing.

  1. to flood; inundate.
  2. to overrun; overwhelm: She was deluged with congratulatory letters.


  1. a great flood of water
  2. torrential rain; downpour
  3. an overwhelming rush or numbera deluge of requests

verb (tr)

  1. to flood, as with water; soak, swamp, or drown
  2. to overwhelm or overrun; inundate


  1. the Deluge another name for the Flood

late 14c., from Old French deluge (12c.), earlier deluve, from Latin diluvium “flood, inundation,” from diluere “wash away,” from dis- “away” (see dis-) + -luere, comb. form of lavere “to wash” (see lave).


1590s; see deluge (n.). Related: Deluged; deluging.

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