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Definition widespread disease (usually severe); or any severely harmful or evil influence that is hard to get rid of
  • Miss Maudie's face likened such an occurrence unto an Old Testament pestilence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
pestilence = widespread disease
  • There's no pestilence in you, Gray.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • What pestilence or war or evil deed of the Enemy had so blasted all that region even Aragorn could not tell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Shadow My heavens are brass my earth is iron my moon a clod of clay My sun a pestilence burning at noon & a vapour of death in the night.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Had there been an invasion? an earthquake? a pestilence?
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • They that come after us will perish as by a pestilence!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini's Daughter
  • It almost looked as though the pestilence had been directed against the really valuable people in the village of Puerto.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Poverty blights whole cities; spreads horrible pestilences; strikes dead the very souls of all who come within sight, sound or smell of it.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • A pestilence on him for a mad rogue!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • From his inscrutable tyranny did I at length flee, panic-stricken, as from a pestilence; and to the very ends of the earth I fled in vain.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • It was a formidable campaign; a nocturnal battle against pestilence and suffocation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And it was in the realm of Logris; and so befell great pestilence and great harm to both realms.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease— a terrible passing inclination to die of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He is fire and death and pestilence.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • She shook her head and sighed a sigh the magnitude of one sighed for murder and pestilence.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • And it was in the realm of Logris; and so befell great pestilence and great harm to both realms.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II
  • And yet they survived, displaying the same obstinacy and fortitude that kept their ancestors in Palancar Valley despite famine, war, and pestilence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Pestilence was known to have been foreboded by a shower of crimson light.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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