an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance.
an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
a deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence.

1545–55; < Latin pestis plague

de-pest, verb (used with object)

1. annoyance. 3. pandemic, scourge, epidemic. Unabridged


[pest; Hungarian pesht]
See under Budapest.


[boo-duh-pest, boo-duh-pest; Hungarian boo-do-pesht]
a city in and the capital of Hungary, in the central part, on the Danube River: formed 1873 from two cities on the W bank of the Danube (Buda and Obuda) and one on the E bank (Pest) Unabridged
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Budapest (ˌbjuːdəˈpɛst, Hungarian ˈbudɔpɛʃt)
the capital of Hungary, on the River Danube: formed in 1873 from the towns of Buda and Pest. Traditionally Buda, the old Magyar capital, was the administrative and Pest the trade centre: suffered severely in the Russian siege of 1945 and in the unsuccessful revolt against the Communist regime (1956). Pop: 1 719 342 (2003 est)

pest (pɛst)
1.  a person or thing that annoys, esp by imposing itself when it is not wanted; nuisance
2.  a.  any organism that damages crops, injures or irritates livestock or man, or reduces the fertility of land
 b.  (as modifier): pest control
3.  rare an epidemic disease or pestilence
[C16: from Latin pestis plague, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

1550s (in imprecations, "a pest upon ____," etc.), "plague, pestilence," from M.Fr. peste (1539), from L. pestis "deadly contagious disease." Meaning "noxious or troublesome person or thing" first recorded 1609.

Hungarian capital, formed 1872 from merger of two cities on opposite shores of the Danube, Buda (probably from a word originally meaning "water") + Pest, a Slavic name meaning "furnace, oven, cove" (cf. Rus. pech').
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Medical Dictionary

pest (pěst)

  1. An injurious plant or animal, especially one harmful to humans.

  2. A deadly epidemic disease; a pestilence.

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Budapest [(booh-duh-pest, booh-duh-pesht)]

Capital of Hungary and largest city in the country, located in north-central Hungary on both banks of the Danube River; the industrial, cultural, and transportation center of Hungary.

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megye (county), central Hungary. It borders Slovakia to the north and the counties of Nograd and Heves to the northeast, Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok to the east, Bacs-Kiskun to the south, and Komarom-Esztergom and Fejer to the west. Pest is by far the most-populous and most-industrialized county in Hungary. Budapest, the national capital, is the county seat despite being administratively independent. The majority of county-level institutions are located in Budapest, and only a few operate outside the city boundaries: notably, the cultural centre and the museum directorate in Szentendre, the county hospital in Kistarcsa, and the social security directorate in Cegled. The population of Pest county, due to its 18th-century resettlement, is of diverse origins. Besides a Hungarian majority, there are significant ethnic German, Slovakian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Roma (Gypsy) communities

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