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
any epidemic disease with a high death rate
a pernicious and malign influence that is hard to get rid of;
"racism is a pestilence at the heart of the nation"
"according to him, I was the canker in their midst"
- A pestilence was raging in that area.
- There is the source of the recurring pestilence.