Dictionary Results for pestilence


1. pestilence - noun

· 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

Synonym(s): plague, pest, pestis

Hypernym(s): epidemic_disease




2. pestilence - noun

· any epidemic disease with a high death rate

Synonym(s): plague, pest

Hypernym(s): epidemic_disease




3. pestilence - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): canker

Hypernym(s): influence





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