- any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
- such a disease
- an evil influence or idea
Example Sentences Including 'pestilence'
But from 1257 to 1260 both the city and the country suffered from disastrous earthquakes, droughts, severe rains, floods, and pestilence.
Fire in the Lotus - the dynamic Buddhism of Nichiren
If you voted for the lowest rise it was pestilence , disaster and disease, and obviously people weren't very keen on the highest rise.
Maybe they can become invasive and a pride and pestilence , but that's the fault of people, not the plants.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
There is no escaping the pestilence of a resource crunch that has continued to shroud the university system for close to seven years.
India Today (1997)
Through fire, famine and pestilence they are the only ones always in profit.
THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)
Wait a generation and we'll rid the world of a pestilence through sterilisation.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
We have been touched by great global events -- famine, flood, fire, pestilence and war -- and by the plight of just one person.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
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)
`I'll persevere with anything that might rid me of this pestilence.
The Innocents at Home (A Superintendent Kenworthy novel)
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