2. Anything which overwhelms, or causes great destruction. The deluge of summer. A fiery deluge fed With ever-burning sulphur unconsumed. (Milton) As i grub up some quaint old fragment of a [London] street, or a house, or a shop, or tomb or burial ground, which has still survived in the deluge. (f. Harrison) After me the deluge. (Apres moi le deluge) (Madame de Pompadour)
2. To overwhelm, as with a deluge; to cover; to overspread; to overpower; to submerge; to destroy; as, the northern nations deluged the roman empire with their armies; the land is deluged with woe. At length corruption, like a general fl . . . Shall deluge all. (Pope)
Origin: Deluged; Deluging.