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pestilence

[pes-tl-uh ns] /ˈpɛs tl əns/
noun
1.
a deadly or virulent epidemic disease.
3.
something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pestilentia. See pestilent, -ence
Related forms
antipestilence, adjective
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Examples for pestilences
  • In the wars against these two pestilences, the bugs are winning.
  • There may be important lessons to be learned to prevent future pestilences.
British Dictionary definitions for pestilences

pestilence

/ˈpɛstɪləns/
noun
1.
  1. any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
  2. such a disease
2.
an evil influence or idea
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Word Origin and History for pestilences

pestilence

n.

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).

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pestilences in Medicine

pestilence pes·ti·lence (pěs'tə-ləns)
n.

  1. A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.

  2. An epidemic of such a disease.

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