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pestilence

[pes-tl-uhns]
noun
1.
a deadly or virulent epidemic disease.
3.
something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pestilentia. See pestilent, -ence

antipestilence, adjective
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pestilence (ˈpɛstɪləns)
 
n
1.  a.  any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
 b.  such a disease
2.  an evil influence or idea

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pestilence
c.1300, from O.Fr. pestilence, from L. pestilentia "plague," noun of action from pestilentem (nom. pestilens) "infected, unwholesome, noxious," from pestis "deadly disease, plague."
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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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