pestilential

adjective
pes·​ti·​len·​tial | \ˌpe-stə-ˈlen(t)-shəl \

Definition of pestilential 

1a : causing or tending to cause pestilence : deadly

b : of or relating to pestilence

2 : morally harmful : pernicious

3 : giving rise to vexation or annoyance : irritating

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Other Words from pestilential

pestilentially \ˌpe-​stə-​ˈlen(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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But what if there is scant succor to be had, and our true natures are not noble but necrotic, pestilential? Constance Grady, Vox, "Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition," 17 Nov. 2018 The classic treatise helped change public opinion of the Everglades from a pestilential swamp to a treasure that not only provides a home to distinctive flora and fauna but serves as the primary water source for the millions of residents of Florida. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "Who Marjory Stoneman Douglas Was," 1 Mar. 2018 The academic writes a proposal for a research center where these ideas can be given a pestilential foothold, a source of viral infection hidden in a legitimate academic setting. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘Historical Fiction’ at Duke," 19 Oct. 2017 There are other pestilential concerns, among them dengue fever and chikungunya, a virus that swept through the Caribbean a few years ago. Matthew Segal, Los Angeles Magazine, "Buy All the Bug Spray: An Aggressive New Mosquito Is Buzzing Around," 13 Sep. 2017 But unlike other animals tagged as invasive and pestilential — like Burmese pythons, feral hogs, and snakehead fish — mute swans are widely beloved. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "New Yorkers in Uproar Over Planned Mass-Killing of Swans," 6 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of pestilential

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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pestilential

adjective
pes·​ti·​len·​tial | \ˌpes-tə-ˈlen-chəl \

Medical Definition of pestilential 

1 : causing or tending to cause pestilence

2 : of or relating to pestilence

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