from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A house infected with the plague.
- noun A house in which plague-stricken patients are cared for.
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Keep you the memory of that promise in mind, Sir Secretary, and let it warn you to avoid Bellecour, as you would a plague-house.
I like Thornfield, its antiquity, its retirement, its old crow-trees and thorn-trees, its grey facade, and lines of dark windows reflecting that metal welkin: and yet how long have I abhorred the very thought of it, shunned it like a great plague-house?
You, _achora machree_, that's! dearer to us all than the apple of our eye, or the very pulse of our hearts -- to let you into a plague-house -- to let you near the deadly faver that's upon them -- where you'd be sure to catch it; an 'then -- oh, blessed Father.
The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three
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