pestilence

[ pes-tl-uh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF pestilence

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The second power of vulgarity is obscenity, and this vice is like the pestilence.

The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.

How is it that some pestilence does not carry off all these poor people?

Yet it had sufficed that the nations should flock there for a pestilence to break out.

"Avoid it like a pestilence, monsieur," he answered promptly.

The proof of the magic of Apollonius, who discovers the cause of this pestilence; 5th.

How did he know that this dog, or this man, was the cause of the pestilence which afflicted Ephesus?

And this house was shunned as though marked with the cross of the pestilence.

Cotton and indigo have ruined more men than famine and pestilence.

More pitiful sights could be occasioned only by a famine or pestilence.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French pestilence "plague, epidemic" (12c.) and directly from Latin pestilentia "a plague, an unwholesome atmosphere," noun of condition from pestilentem (nominative pestilens) "infected, unwholesome, noxious," from pestis "deadly disease, plague" (see pest).

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