pestilence

[p_ˈɛ_s_t_ɪ_l_ə_n_s], [pˈɛstɪləns], [pˈɛstɪləns]

Definitions of pestilence:

  1.   Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   1. The plague. 2. An epidemic of any infectious disease. – A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  3.   An infectious or contagious disease that is widespread and fatal. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Any contagious deadly disease. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Any contagious and malignant or mortal disease; the plague; anything sweepingly destructive. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   a pernicious evil influence – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7.   any epidemic disease with a high death rate – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8.   See Pest. – Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  9.   Epidemic contagious disease; plague. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10.   Any contagious disease that is epidemic and mortal; anything pestilent, physically or morally. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11.   Any wide spread and fatal infectious malady. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12.   Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers. – Newage Dictionary DB

Quotes for pestilence:

  1. Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence – William Blake
  2. He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence – William Blake
  3. The god of the Christians, as we have seen, is the god who makes promises only to break them; who sends them pestilence and disease in order to heal them; a god who demoralizes mankind in order to improve it. – Johann Most

Usage examples for pestilence:

  1. Law and religion are not completely efficient against the spiritual pestilence – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  2. He goes about like a man afflicted with a pestilence – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  3. Now I understood that all the slaves were being thrown overboard because of the want of water, and in the hope that it might avail to save from the pestilence those of the Spaniards who still remained alive. ” – Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard
  4. “ To him it was occupation enough to apply at the bedside the best of all that he knew for the good of his patient; to protect the community against the inroads of pestilence to teach the young all that he himself had been taught, with all that his own experience had added; to leave on record some of the most important results of his long observation. ” – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  5. It was always said that 50, 000 people left the city at the commencement of the pestilence and that 14, 000 of those who remained in it fell victims to the disease. ” – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  6. But if the moral pestilence that rises with them, and in the eternal laws of outraged nature, is inseparable from them, could be made discernible too, how terrible the revelation! ” – Dickens As an Educator by James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  7. On land the French army suffers terribly from pestilence – Napoleon's Young Neighbor by Helen Leah Reed
  8. The breath and the charm and the pestilence of her passed over Neale like fire. ” – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  9. Before him walked the pestilence And burning coals went forth at his feet. ” – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  10. The worship was accordingly ordained and executed, and the pestilence forthwith abated. ” – Japan by David Murray
  11. He does not want you to come near him, lest you, too, become affected by the pestilence – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  12. And again, by his pen and otherwise, in theoretical discussions on the origin of the pestilence – The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University by Robert Peter
  13. It is the pestilence that walketh by night that is intolerable. ” – Prince Zaleski by M.P. Shiel
  14. These, for a short time, were of rather a dismal character; for, hearing the noise of a horse's hoofs in the silent streets at that hour of the night, the people opened their doors as he passed by, thinking it the pest- cart, and brought forth many a miserable victim of the pestilence – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  15. They kin bring on all manner of pestilence an' make cows go dry an' hosses fling their riders. ” – A Pagan of the Hills by Charles Neville Buck
  16. Even at Cambridge the spirit of the age, which is said to pervade the air like a pestilence had infected me; and I set out on my first visit to Paris full of curiosity about what was then the contemporary movement- at its last gasp. ” – Since Cézanne by Clive Bell
  17. These were the names of twin gods, and worshipped at certain villages in time of war, famine, and pestilence – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  18. Pestilence silk and skins not to be worn during, p. ” – Early English Meals and Manners by Various
  19. Otherwise we have been free from pestilence war, and calamities, which often overtake nations; and, as far as human judgment can penetrate the future, no cause seems to exist to threaten our present peace. ” – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  20. Several who had died of the pestilence and whom it had been impossible to bury by day, were being borne to the grave together. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers

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