Ep`i*deic"tic(?), a. [Gr. , fr. to show forth, display; 'epi` + to show. Cf. Epidictic.] Serving to show forth, explain, or exhibit; -- applied by the Greeks to a kind of oratory, which, by full amplification, seeks to persuade.
Ep`i*dem"ic*al(?), } a. [L. epidemus, Gr. , , among the people, epidemic; in + people: cf. F. pidmique. Cf. Demagogue.] 1. (Med.) Common to, or affecting at the same time, a large number in a community; -- applied to a disease which, spreading widely, attacks many persons at the same time; as, an epidemic disease; an epidemic catarrh, fever, etc. See Endemic.
2. Spreading widely, or generally prevailing; affecting great numbers, as an epidemic does; as,
epidemic rage; an
It was the epidemical sin of the nation.Bp. Burnet.
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