pestilent

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adjective pes·ti·lent \-lənt\

Definition of pestilent

  1. 1 :  destructive of life :  deadly

  2. 2 :  injuring or endangering society :  pernicious

  3. 3 :  causing displeasure or annoyance

  4. 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>

Origin and Etymology of pestilent

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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