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Meaning & Definition of Pestilence in English

English

Pestilence

/pɛstələns/

noun

1. A serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

    synonym:
  • plague
  • ,
  • pestilence
  • ,
  • pest
  • ,
  • pestis

2. Any epidemic disease with a high death rate

    synonym:
  • plague
  • ,
  • pestilence
  • ,
  • pest

3. A pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of

  • "Racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"
  • "According to him, i was the canker in their midst"
    synonym:
  • pestilence
  • ,
  • canker