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pestĭlentĭa , ae, f. pestilens, infectious or contagious disease, a plague, pest, pestilence.
B. Transf., an unwholesome atmosphere, weather, or region (class.): “agrorum genus propter pestilentiam vastum atque desertum,Cic. Agr. 2, 26, 70: “pestilentiae signa (opp. signa salubritatis),id. Div. 1, 5, 7: “pestilentiae possessores,id. Agr. 1, 5, 15.—
II. Trop., a plague, pest, pestilence (poet. and in postclass. prose): “oratio plena veneni et pestilentiae,Cat. 44, 11: “cathedra pestilentiae,the seat of the scornful, Vulg. Psa. 1, 1.— In plur.: “animorum labes et pestilentiae,Gell. 1, 2, 4.
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