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pestilence

noun     /ˈpes.tɪ.ləns/ US  /-təl.ənts/
[C or U] formal any very serious infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people Fevers and infectious diseasesColds and flu [S] a serious and growing problem : The report states that vandalism is a pestilence which must be stamped out.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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