pestilent


pes·ti·lent

adjective \-lənt\

Definition of PESTILENT

1
:  destructive of life :  deadly
2
:  injuring or endangering society :  pernicious
3
:  causing displeasure or annoyance
4
:  infectious, contagious <a pestilent disease>
pes·ti·lent·ly adverb

Examples of PESTILENT

  1. <proper hand washing will help prevent the spread of most pestilent diseases>
  2. <pestilent reporters hounding him night and day>

Origin of PESTILENT

Middle English, from Latin pestilent-, pestilens pestilential, from pestis
First Known Use: 14th century

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