pestilence

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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pestilentia (plague), from pestilens (infected, unwholesome, noxious); see pestilent.

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pestilence (plural pestilences)

  1. Any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating.
    • 1949 - Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart, Earth Abides
      The snowshoe-rabbits build up through the years until they reach a climax when they seem to be everywhere; then with dramatic suddenness their pestilence falls upon them.

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