Definition of pestilence
- I'll pour this pestilence into his ear
- —William Shakespeare
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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: a disease that causes many people to die
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