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Meaning of PESTILENCE

Pronunciation:  'pestluns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a pernicious evil influence
  2. [n]  any epidemic disease with a high death rate
 

PESTILENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: plague
 
 See Also: epidemic disease, influence

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pes"ti*lence\, n. [F. pestilence, L. pestilentia.
See {Pestilent}.]
1. Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any
   contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent
   and devastating.

         The pestilence That walketh in darkness. --Ps. xci.
                                               6.

2. Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to
   the moral character of great numbers.

         I'll pour this pestilence into his ear. --Shak.

{Pestilence weed} (Bot.), the butterbur coltsfoot ({Petasites
   vulgaris}), so called because formerly considered a remedy
   for the plague. --Dr. Prior.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: affliction, ambulatory plague, bane, Black Death, black plague, blight, bubonic plague, bugbear, burden, calamity, cancer, canker, cellulocutaneous plague, crushing burden, curse, death, defervescing plague, destruction, disease, epidemic, epiphytotic, epizootic, evil, glandular plague, grievance, harm, hemorrhagic plague, infliction, larval plague, murrain, nemesis, open wound, pandemia, pandemic, pest, pesthole, plague, plague spot, pneumonic plague, premonitory plague, running sore, scourge, septicemic plague, siderating plague, thorn, torment, tuberculosis, vexation, visitation, white plague, woe
 

 

 

 

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