HyperDic: pestilence

English > 3 senses of the word pestilence:
NOUNstatepestilence, plague, pest, pestisa 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
statepestilence, plague, pestany epidemic disease with a high death rate
cognitionpestilence, cankera pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of
pestilence > pronunciation
Soundspeh'stahlahns
Rhymesabeyance ... virulence: 273 rhymes with ahns...
English > pestilence: 3 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningA 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.
Synonymsplague, pest, pestis
Narrowerbubonic plague, pestis bubonica, glandular plagueThe most common form of the plague in humans
pneumonic plague, pulmonic plague, plague pneumoniaA rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person
septicemic plagueAn especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream
Broaderepidemic diseaseAny infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
Spanishpeste, pestilencia, pestis, plaga
Catalanpesta, pestis, plaga
English > pestilence: 3 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningAny epidemic disease with a high death rate.
Synonymsplague, pest
Broaderepidemic diseaseAny infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
Spanishplaga
Adjectivespestilent, pestilentiallikely to spread and cause an epidemic disease
English > pestilence: 3 senses > noun 3, cognition
MeaningA pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of.
Example"racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"
Synonymcanker
BroaderinfluenceA cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do
Adjectivespestilentexceedingly harmful

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