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A fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
plague, bubonic plague, the black deathdisease, contagious disease, contagion, infection, sickness, epidemic, pandemicthe pest, luesView synonyms
- ‘He argues that there is clear evidence for the pestilence having been plague, rather than other diseases that have been suggested such as anthrax.’
- ‘He ordered the nearby swamps and marshes in the city of Salinus to be drained, in order to prevent an unknown pestilence, probably malaria.’
- ‘Either the folk had died in the fire, died of the pestilence, or fled at first breath of either.’
- ‘The pestilence that destroyed so much of our agriculture industry has left a long shadow, and no one would claim that everything today is back to normal.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English (also denoting something morally corrupting): from Old French, from Latin pestilentia, based on pestis a plague.
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