What does the word pestilence mean?

Usage examples for pestilence

  1. A dreadful pestilence was raging in Westphalia. – The Story of Our Hymns by Ernest Edwin Ryden
  2. Outcast, rejected, As one with pestilence infected! – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. It is a thing which hurts the soul exceedingly in every way, but it is a pestilence in the way of prayer. – The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Avila