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pestilence Syllabification: pes·ti·lence
Pronunciation: /ˈpestələns/

Definition of pestilence in English:


A fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
Example sentences
  • He argues that there is clear evidence for the pestilence having been plague, rather than other diseases that have been suggested such as anthrax.
  • The physician's challenge is the curing of disease, educating the people in the laws of health, and preventing the spread of plagues and pestilences.
  • He ordered the nearby swamps and marshes in the city of Salinus to be drained, in order to prevent an unknown pestilence, probably malaria.


Middle English (also denoting something morally corrupting): from Old French, from Latin pestilentia, based on pestis 'a plague'.

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