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pestilence

noun uk   /ˈpes.tɪ.ləns/ us    /-təl.əns/
[C or U] formal any very serious infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people [S] a serious and growing problem: The report states that vandalism is a pestilence that must be stamped out.
Translations of “pestilence”
in Spanish pestilencia, peste…
in French peste…
in German die Seuche…
in Chinese (Traditional) 瘟疫,疫病, 毒瘤,日益嚴重的問題…
in Chinese (Simplified) 瘟疫,疫病, 社会毒瘤…
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