em·​pest | \ ə̇m, em+ \

Definition of empest

: to infect with or as if with a contagion sleeping in an empested atmosphere— Aldous Huxley

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First Known Use of empest

circa 1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for empest

en- entry 1 + pest (noun)

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“Empest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empest. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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