Origin of pestilence
Examples from the Web for pestilence
This notion of pestilence as a “great equalizer” has remained in vogue ever since plague pop culture began.Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague|Scott Bixby|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In dramatic lore their names are Death, Destruction, Pestilence, and Famine.New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA|Ben Jacobs|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, I do kind of hope he wins Iowa, so that he can spread some of that pestilence around the GOP.
The coded “proofs” are everywhere: Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and pestilence.
If you have dead bodies, pestilence, lice, with a 90 temperature--mosquitoes, flies--then you have serious problems.
All kinds of calamities overspread the earth and decimated the race,--war, pestilence, and famine.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
They fled from religious and political persecution as from a pestilence.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
Want and pestilence follow in the wake of massacre, and cause awful misery.The Radicalism of Shelley and Its Sources|Daniel J. MacDonald
But the returning army brought with it a pestilence, which spread devastation throughout the West.History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD|Robert F. Pennell
The town of Malacca is freed from the pestilence at the arrival of the holy body.The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)|John Dryden
- any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
- such a disease
c.1300, from Old French pestilence "plague, epidemic" (12c.) and directly from Latin pestilentia "a plague, an unwholesome atmosphere," noun of condition from pestilentem (nominative pestilens) "infected, unwholesome, noxious," from pestis "deadly disease, plague" (see pest).