Pestilence

Definition of Pestilence

Pes´ti`lence
n.1.Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating.
The pestilence That walketh in darkness.
- Ps. xci. 6.
2.Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers.
I'll pour this pestilence into his ear.
- Shak.
Pestilence weed
(Bot.) the butterbur coltsfoot (Petasites vulgaris), so called because formerly considered a remedy for the plague.
- Dr. Prior.

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