Definition of pestilence
1 : a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating; especially : bubonic plague
2 : something that is destructive or pernicious I'll pour this pestilence into his ear — William Shakespeare
Examples of pestilence in a Sentence
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
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First Known Use of pestilence
PESTILENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pestilence for English Language Learners
: a disease that causes many people to die
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Definition of pestilence for Students
: a contagious usually fatal disease that spreads quickly
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