What does pestilence mean?

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ˈpɛs tl ənspesti·lence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plague, pestilence, pest, pestis(noun)

    a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

  2. plague, pestilence, pest(noun)

    any epidemic disease with a high death rate

  3. pestilence, canker(noun)

    a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of

    "racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"; "according to him, I was the canker in their midst"


  1. pestilence(Noun)

    Any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pestilence(noun)

    specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating

  2. Pestilence(noun)

    fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers

  3. Origin: [F. pestilence, L. pestilentia. See Pestilent.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pestilence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pestilence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of pestilence in a Sentence

  1. William Blake:

    He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

  2. Woody Allen, Without Feathers:

    Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence so why bother shaving?

  3. Woody Allen, "Without Feathers":

    Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?

  4. George Bernard Shaw:

    In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.

  5. Horace Bushnell:

    If you had the seeds of pestilence in your body you would not have a more active contagion that you have in your tempers, tastes, and principles. Simply to be in this world, whatever you are, is to exert an influence, compared with which mere language and persuasion are feeble.

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