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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Contagious, -ius, a. [ME. contagious (Chaucer), OF. contagieus, L. contāgiōsus.]

1. Communicating disease or illness. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1484.
My blude, Quhilk to ȝour stomok is contagious
1497 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 71.
The … dainger of the infectioun … fra this contagius seiknes callit the grandgor
This said contagious plage
1520 Ib. 195.
As … this contagious seiknes of pestilence spreddis yeirlie
1539 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 165.
The contagius infeckand pest, callit the boiche
1564 Dundee Chart. 40.
Throw occasioun of the said burial, pest and vther contagius seiknes is ingenerit
1592 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 83.
Sic vyle … and contagious savoures that nane may remayne in thair awin houssis

2. Causing moral infection. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 58.
Conwent of all contagious company
Ib. 573.
In lyf contagius we mak contynewans
1562-3 Winȝet II. 21/13.
Be na pestilence of that contagius cankir
1598 St. A. Baxter Bks. 54.
Sa contagious enemies to this commoun weill

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