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Definitionwidespread disease (usually severe); or any severely harmful or evil influence that is hard to get rid of
- Pestilence was known to have been foreboded by a shower of crimson light.Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (68% in)
- She resembled, in her fierce pursuit of them, an infant pestilence—the scarlet fever, or some such half-fledged angel of judgment—whose mission was to punish the sins of the rising generation.Chapter 7 -- The Governor's Hall (37% in)
- None so self-devoted as Hester when pestilence stalked through the town.Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (22% in)
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