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PESTILENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pestilence mean? 

PESTILENCE (noun)
  The noun PESTILENCE has 3 senses:

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
2. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
3. a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of

  Familiarity information: PESTILENCE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PESTILENCE (noun)


Sense 1pestilence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

pest; pestilence; pestis; plague

Hypernyms ("pestilence" is a kind of...):

epidemic disease (any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pestilence"):

bubonic plague; glandular plague; pestis bubonica (the most common form of the plague in humans; characterized by chills, prostration, delirium and the formation of buboes in the armpits and groin; does not spread from person to person)

plague pneumonia; pneumonic plague; pulmonic plague (a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person; characterized by lung involvement with chill, bloody expectoration and high fever)

septicemic plague (an especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream; does not spread from person to person)


Sense 2pestilence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any epidemic disease with a high death rate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

pest; pestilence; plague

Hypernyms ("pestilence" is a kind of...):

epidemic disease (any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people)


Sense 3pestilence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

canker; pestilence

Context examples:

racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation / according to him, I was the canker in their midst

Hypernyms ("pestilence" is a kind of...):

influence (a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do)


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