pestillation

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n pestillation The act of pounding and bruising with a pestle in a mortar.
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Quotations

  • William Blake
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    “He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.”
  • William Blake
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    “Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. pestillum, L. pistillum,. See Pestle

Usage

In literature:

God has permitted famine, pestilence, and war.
"God and my Neighbour" by Robert Blatchford
Give me the manna of life to eat that I faint not nor cry out in plague, pestilence, or famine.
"Michel and Angele [A Ladder of Swords], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
I am not a pestilence.
"The Weavers, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
All the great business John Grier had built up was gone into the hands of the usurper, a young, bold, pestilent, powerful, vigorous man.
"Carnac's Folly, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Two months later the little capital of Fort-de-France was swept by the pestilence as by a wind of death.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
We have learned that pestilences will only take up their abode among those who have prepared unswept and ungarnished residences for them.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
The pestilence was at its height when Gervase Helwyse appeared in Province House.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
His kisses are pestilence, his lips poison.
"The Robbers A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
War is as frightful as heaven's pestilence, Yet it is good, is it heaven's will as that is.
"The Death of Wallenstein" by Friedrich Schiller
You bad dog, why did you come, pestilent?
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
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In poetry:

When like a baneful pestilence,
Sin mows its thousands down
On every side, without defence,
Thy grace secures thine own.
"The Believer's Safety" by John Newton
Pale famine, and a dreadful dearth,
Have almost over-run the earth,
A plague and pestilence of late
Have ravag'd almost ev'ry state.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
Oh, that land of plague and pestilence
Where the natives die in shoals
And they have to vaccinate them
Till their torsos' filled with holes.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
They shall see Him when the lips of health,
Breath vigor through each nerve,
When pestilence clasps hands with death,
His purposes to serve.
"The Pure in Heart Shall See God" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
His soul shall live secure on earth,
With secret blessings on his head,
When drought, and pestilence, and dearth
Around him multiply their dead.
"Psalm 41" by Isaac Watts
When Rome was rotten-ripe to her fall,
And the sceptre passed from her hand,
The pestilent Picts leaped over the wall
To harry the English land.
"The Pirates in England" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Christopher Smith's 14th century period chiller, named for the continent-spanning pestilence that notoriously wiped out half of Europe, isn't exactly an upper.
Horror filmmaker Christopher Smith plays with the notion of necromancers and demons lurking within the pestilence, but winds up retreating into a kind of historical morality tale.
Pestilence, witches, necromancy — " Black Death " should be more fun than it is.
Pestilence, witches, necromancy — "Black Death" should be more fun than it is.
The ominous tone of the ads suggests Big Oil is as great a threat as war, pestilence, famine, and Kardashian reruns.
Peerlessly beautiful places that have been the scenes of, respectively, terrorist atrocity, civil strife and pestilence.
A crowd at a horror-movie premiere settles in for a tale of demons, disturbed from ancient slumber, transmitting infectious possession with their pestilent, snapping jaws.
IN THE BOOK of Revelation, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are Pestilence, War, Famine and Death.
Scanning the horizon for signs of the apocalypse, we don't see any plague, pestilence, or marks of the beast.
'I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next'.
Si Leis and 'Satanic Pestilence '.
Saturday Night Fever, Famine and Pestilence .
Famine, Pestilence, Destruction, and Earl Williams.
There's no troubles with pestilence or pirates.
When Peter Piper planted his peppers , he may have plotted a plan against pests and pestilence in one of these ways.
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