: a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating; especially : bubonic plague
: something that is destructive or pernicious <I'll pour this pestilence into his ear — Shakespeare>
Examples of PESTILENCE
- After years of war and pestilence, few people remained in the city.
- <the fear that terrorists could unleash a pestilence that would wreak unspeakable havoc>
First Known Use of PESTILENCE
pes·ti·lence noun \ˈpes-tə-lən(t)s\ (Medical Dictionary)
: a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating; specifically : bubonic plague
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