Definition of pestilence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpestɪləns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpestɪləns//
[uncountable, singular] (old use or literary)
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any infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills a lot of people Word OriginMiddle English (also denoting something morally corrupting): from Old French, from Latin pestilentia, based on pestis ‘a plague’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pestilence