de pest

pest

[pest]
noun
1.
an annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance.
2.
an insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
3.
a deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin pestis plague

de-pest, verb (used with object)


1. annoyance. 3. pandemic, scourge, epidemic.
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pest (pɛst)
 
n
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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pest
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.
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pest (pěst)
n.

  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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