- any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
- such a disease
- an evil influence or idea
Word usage trends for “pestilence”
Example Sentences Including 'pestilence'
Through fire, famine and pestilence they are the only ones always in profit.
THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
`I'll persevere with anything that might rid me of this pestilence.
The Innocents at Home (A Superintendent Kenworthy novel)
What pestilence or war or evil deed of the Enemy had so blasted all that region even Aragorn could not tell.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)