Meaning of sweating sickness in English:

sweating sickness


  • Any of various fevers with intense sweating, epidemic in England in the 15th–16th centuries.

    ‘They lived at Ludlow Castle, but had little time together, for poor Arthur died only a few months later, perhaps of tuberculosis or the fever called the sweating sickness.’
    • ‘His two sons died of the sweating sickness in 1551, when the dukedom became extinct.’
    • ‘Linking contagion with the poor has been common since at least the early modern period, when they were blamed for plague, typhus, sweating sickness, and syphilis.’
    • ‘I am writing to tell you that your father, the Viscount, has died of the sweating sickness these three days past.’
    • ‘We have had a bad bout of the sweating sickness in the western wards.’