American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Pertilence

PERT’ILENCE, n. [L. pestilentia, from pestilens; pestis,plague.]

1. Plague, appropriately so called; but in a general sense, any contagious or infectious disease that is epidemic and mortal.

2. Corruption or moral disease destructive to happiness.

Profligate habits carry pestilence into the bosom of domestic society.

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