If you have dead bodies, pestilence, lice, with a 90 temperature--mosquitoes, flies--then you have serious problems.
In dramatic lore their names are Death, Destruction, pestilence, and Famine.
Cats, the Times told us, are a pestilence akin to gypsy moths and kudzu.
This notion of pestilence as a “great equalizer” has remained in vogue ever since plague pop culture began.
The coded “proofs” are everywhere: Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and pestilence.
A star like a comet, threatens ruin by war, and death by pestilence.
The second power of vulgarity is obscenity, and this vice is like the pestilence.
Simply this: The earthquake, the lightning, the pestilence, are no respecters of persons.
The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.
But the country had been laid very low by war, pestilence and famine, though it recovered itself with wonderful rapidity.
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).
pestilence pes·ti·lence (pěs'tə-ləns)
A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
An epidemic of such a disease.