[p_ˈɛ_s_t_ɪ_l_ə_n_s], [pˈɛstɪləns], [pˈɛstɪləns]

Definitions of pestilence:

  1.   Any contagious deadly disease. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Epidemic contagious disease; plague. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  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 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.
  5.   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.

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. The breath and the charm and the pestilence of her passed over Neale like fire. ” – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. 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
  3. It is the pestilence that walketh by night that is intolerable. ” – Prince Zaleski by M.P. Shiel
  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. 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
  6. The worship was accordingly ordained and executed, and the pestilence forthwith abated. ” – Japan by David Murray
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Pestilence silk and skins not to be worn during, p. ” – Early English Meals and Manners by Various