Definition of PESTILENCE


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal ;

  • 3. (

    ) a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of; "racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"; "according to him, I was the canker in their midst" ;

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