Part of speech: noun

Any wide spread and fatal infectious malady.

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Usage examples "pestilence":

  1. A dreadful pestilence was raging in Westphalia. - "The Story of Our Hymns", Ernest Edwin Ryden.
  2. Outcast, rejected, As one with pestilence infected! - "The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", 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", Teresa of Avila.