pestilence

[ pes-tl-uh ns ]
/ ˈpɛs tl əns /

noun

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

Origin of pestilence

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