a deadly or virulent epidemic disease.
something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.
If you have dead bodies, pestilence, lice, with a 90 temperature–mosquitoes, flies–then you have serious problems.
Haiti’s Grisly Problem Cyril Wecht January 18, 2010
In dramatic lore their names are Death, Destruction, pestilence, and Famine.
New York City Is the Storied Football Capital of the USA Ben Jacobs January 25, 2014
Cats, the Times told us, are a pestilence akin to gypsy moths and kudzu.
The War on Cats: Jonathan Franzen and Bird-Lovers Fight Back Ben Crair March 20, 2011
This notion of pestilence as a “great equalizer” has remained in vogue ever since plague pop culture began.
Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague Scott Bixby August 3, 2014
The coded “proofs” are everywhere: Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and pestilence.
Left Behind Author Tim LaHaye on the Rapture Marlow Stern May 18, 2011
A star like a comet, threatens ruin by war, and death by pestilence.
The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher Anonymous
The second power of vulgarity is obscenity, and this vice is like the pestilence.
The Call of the Twentieth Century David Starr Jordan
Simply this: The earthquake, the lightning, the pestilence, are no respecters of persons.
The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Robert G. Ingersoll
The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
But the country had been laid very low by war, pestilence and famine, though it recovered itself with wonderful rapidity.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4 Various
any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
such a disease
an evil influence or idea
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.
used against enemy rather than against mechanized vehicles, matériel, etc.: antipersonnel bombs. Historical Examples Hilda was in the slam in Madison, and who the hell knew what the antipersonnel stuff the Madison cops used had done to her. Makers Cory Doctorow It was their antipersonnel sound-cannon, which meant that Lester was around here somewhere. Makers […]
producing or tending to produce infectious or contagious, often epidemic, disease; pestilential. destructive to life; deadly; poisonous. injurious to peace, morals, etc.; pernicious. troublesome, annoying, or mischievous. Historical Examples That’s fine by my troth, these men have pestilent running heads then; do they speak as we do? Beaumont & Fletcher’s Works (8 of 10) Francis […]
producing or tending to produce . pertaining to or of the nature of , especially bubonic plague. pernicious; harmful. annoyingly troublesome. Contemporary Examples I long for the day I no longer have to think about this pestilential little locust. Ron Paul: Batty Old Reactionary for President Michael Tomasky December 13, 2011 When switched off to […]
of or relating to : philosophical studies. versed in or occupied with . proper to or befitting a . rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed. Rare. of or relating to or physical science. Contemporary Examples As the story goes, Socrates engaged the cobbler and the local youth in philosophical discussions while Simon worked. Intervals: […]