pestilence

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pestilence

a. any epidemic outbreak of a deadly and highly infectious disease, such as the plague
b. such a disease

pestilence

[′pes·tə·ləns]
(medicine)
Any epidemic contagious disease.
Infection with the plague organism Pasteurella pestis.
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The large number of pestilences are caused by the famines just mentioned; or by the many disturbances that result from the disintegration of the dynasty.