pes·ti·lence /ˈpɛstələn(t)s/ 名詞
1. Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating.
The pestilence that walketh in darkness. --Ps. xci. 6.
2. Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers.
I'll pour this pestilence into his ear. --Shak.
Pestilence weed Bot., the butterbur coltsfoot (Petasites vulgaris), so called because formerly considered a remedy for the plague.
n 1: any epidemic disease with a high death rate [syn: plague]
2: a pernicious evil influence