Famine vs Pestilence - What's the difference?

famine | pestilence |


As proper nouns the difference between famine and pestilence

is that famine is the personification of famine, often depicted riding a black horse while pestilence is the personification of pestilence, often depicted riding a white horse.

famine

English

Noun

(wikipedia famine)
  • (uncountable) extreme shortage of food in a region
  • * 1971 , Central Institute of Research & Training in Public Cooperation
  • Dr. Bhatia pointed out that famine had occurred in all ages and in all societies where means of communication and transport were not developed.
  • (countable) a period of extreme shortage of food in a region
  • * 1986 , United States Congress, House Select Committee on Hunger, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Famine and Recovery in Africa
  • The root causes of the current famine are known: poverty, low health standards....

    pestilence

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating.
  • * 1949 - Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart,
  • The snowshoe-rabbits build up through the years until they reach a climax when they seem to be everywhere; then with dramatic suddenness their pestilence falls upon them.