pestilence

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noun pes·ti·lence \ˈpes-tə-lən(t)s\

Definition of pestilence

  1. 1 :  a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating; especially :  bubonic plague

  2. 2 :  something that is destructive or pernicious <I'll pour this pestilence into his ear — Shakespeare>

Examples of pestilence in a sentence

  1. After years of war and pestilence, few people remained in the city.

  2. <the fear that terrorists could unleash a pestilence that would wreak unspeakable havoc>

14th Century

First Known Use of pestilence

14th century


PESTILENCE Defined for English Language Learners

pestilence

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noun pes·ti·lence \ˈpes-tə-lən(t)s\

Definition of pestilence for English Language Learners

  • : a disease that causes many people to die


PESTILENCE Defined for Kids

pestilence

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noun pes·ti·lence \ˈpe-stə-ləns\

Definition of pestilence for Students

  1. :  a contagious usually fatal disease that spreads quickly


Medical Dictionary

pestilence

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noun pes·ti·lence \ˈpes-tə-lən(t)s\

Medical Definition of pestilence

  1. :  a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating; specifically :  bubonic plague



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