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pestilence

 [pes´tĭ-lens]
a virulent contagious epidemic or infectious epidemic disease. adj., adj pestilen´tial.

pes·ti·lence

(pes'ti-lens),
1. Synonym(s): plague (2)
2. A virulent outbreak of any disease.
[L. pestilentia]

pestilence

(pĕs′tə-ləns)
n.
A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.

pestilence

noun An obsolete, non-specific term for an epidemic with high mortality.
 
adjective Malodorous.

pes·ti·lence

(pes'ti-lĕns)
1. Synonym(s): plague (2) .
2. A virulent outbreak of any disease.
[L. pestilentia]
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