pestilent

adjective pes·ti·lent \ ˈpe-stə-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

pestilently

adverb

Examples of pestilent in a Sentence

  1. proper hand washing will help prevent the spread of most pestilent diseases

  2. pestilent reporters hounding him night and day

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Origin and Etymology of pestilent

Middle English, from Latin pestilent-, pestilens pestilential, from pestis


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