Pestilence

Pes"ti*lence

(?), n. [F. pestilence, L. pestilentia. See Pestilent.] 1. Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating.
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The pestilence That walketh in darkness.
Ps. xci. 6.
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2. Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers.
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I'll pour this pestilence into his ear.
Shak.
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Pestilence weed (Bot.), the butterbur coltsfoot (Petasites vulgaris), so called because formerly considered a remedy for the plague. Dr. Prior.
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