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pest

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of pest

  1. 1 a widespread disease resulting in a high rate of death one of the great pests of the 20th century was the influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed millions across the globe Synonyms of pest plague, pestilenceWords Related to pest murrain; epidemic, pandemic; affection, affliction, ailment, contagion, illness, infection, infirmity, malady, sickness; blight, curse, scourge

  2. 2 one who is obnoxiously annoying stop being a pest to your sister and go find something else to do Synonyms of pest annoyance, annoyer, bother, gadfly, gnawer, nudnik (also nudnick), pain, persecutor, nuisance, tease, teaserWords Related to pest headache; harrier, heckler, interrupter (also interruptor); hassle, plague; harasser, molester, tormentor (also tormenter), torturerNear Antonyms of pest charmer, smoothy (or smoothie); comforter, solacer, soother

  3. 3 something that is a source of irritation a never-ending construction project that continues to be a pest for motorists Synonyms of pest aggravation, aggro [British], bother, botheration, bugbear, exasperation, frustration, hair shirt, hassle, headache, inconvenience, irk, irritant, nuisance, peeve, annoyance, rub, ruffle, thorn, trial, vexationWords Related to pest discomfort, fleabite, pinprick; affront, insult, offense (or offence); upset, worry; affliction, albatross, burden, cross, curse, menace, millstone, plague, sore; anxiety, plight, predicament, tribulation, trouble; hang-up, pet peeve, problem; annoyer, disturber, harasser, mischief, offender; pandora's boxNear Antonyms of pest delight, joy, pleasure



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