V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) heavy downpour or flood; (v.) to overwhelm with a large amount of something
Synonyms: (n.) torrent, downpour, flood, cataclysm, spate, inundation, (v.) douse, drench, soak, engulf, inundate, oversupply
Antonyms: sprinkling, undersupply
Tips: Deluge comes from the Latin word deluere, "to wash away." Although its original meaning had to do literally with water, as in a disastrous flood or heavy rainfall, it is often used figuratively to indicate that a large amount of something has overwhelmed a situation, often with serious consequences. The verb usage of deluge is synonymous with inundate. Both words have similar origins regarding flooding or a downpour of rain. We recommend using the verb inundate versus the verb deluge to describe the action of being flooded and the noun deluge to denote the flood itself. (i.e: "The movie star was inundated (flooded) by the deluge (flood) of fan mail that came in after the movie premier.")
After we advertised the job, we were deluged with applications. (inundated) verb
Karen was caught in a deluge on her way to the interview, and her clothing and papers were soaked. (downpour) noun
I was deluged with extra work last week, so now I have to go into the office over the weekend. (inundated, engulfed) verb
We hoped that the deluge wouldn't cause any serious mud slides. (torrent, downpour) noun
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