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pestiferous

[pe-stif-er-uh s] /pɛˈstɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
bringing or bearing disease.
3.
pernicious; evil.
4.
Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin pestiferus plague-bringing, equivalent to pesti- (stem of pestis) pest + -ferus -ferous
Related forms
pestiferously, adverb
pestiferousness, noun
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  • In online environments, they are both popular and pestiferous, the cause of constant comment and debate.
  • Pupal parasitoids were among the earliest described natural enemies of pestiferous fruit flies.
British Dictionary definitions for pestiferous

pestiferous

/pɛˈstɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
(informal) troublesome; irritating
2.
breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease
3.
corrupting; pernicious
Derived Forms
pestiferously, adverb
pestiferousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pestifer, from pestis contagious disease, pest + ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for pestiferous
adj.

mid-15c., "mischievous, pernicious," figurative use of Latin pestiferus "that brings plague or destruction," variant of pestifer "bringing plague, destructive, noxious," from pestis "plague" (see pest) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Related: Pestiferously; pestiferousness.

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pestiferous in Medicine

pestiferous pes·tif·er·ous (pě-stĭf'ər-əs)
adj.

  1. Producing or breeding infectious disease.

  2. Infected with or contaminated by an epidemic disease.

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