Pestilence vs Plague - What's the difference?

pestilence | plague |


As nouns the difference between pestilence and plague

is that pestilence is any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating while plague is the bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium ''yersinia pestis .

As a verb plague is

to harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.

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.

    plague

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium ''Yersinia pestis .
  • (pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
  • A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.
  • Ten Biblical plagues over Egypt, ranging from locusts to the death of the crown prince, finally forced Pharaoh to let Moses's people go.
  • A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates
  • Bart is an utter plague ; his pranks never cease.

    Synonyms

    * pest

    Derived terms

    * plaguesome * plaguey

    Verb

  • To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.
  • Wikis are often plagued by vandalism
  • To afflict with a disease or other calamity.
  • ''Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland

    Derived terms

    * plaguer