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pestilence

[ pes-tl-uhns ]
/ ˈpɛs tl əns /
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noun

a deadly or virulent epidemic disease.
something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.

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Origin of pestilence

1275–1325; Middle English <Middle French <Latin pestilentia.See pestilent, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM pestilence

an·ti·pes·ti·lence, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pestilence

pestilence
/ (ˈpɛstɪləns) /

noun

  1. any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
  2. such a disease
an evil influence or idea
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Medical definitions for pestilence

pestilence
[ pĕstə-ləns ]

n.

A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
An epidemic of such a disease.
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