Pestiferously

pestiferous

[pe-stif-er-uhs]
adjective
1.
bringing or bearing disease.
3.
pernicious; evil.
4.
Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pestiferus plague-bringing, equivalent to pesti- (stem of pestis) pest + -ferus -ferous

pestiferously, adverb
pestiferousness, noun
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pestiferous (pɛˈstɪfərəs)
 
adj
1.  informal troublesome; irritating
2.  breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease
3.  corrupting; pernicious
 
[C16: from Latin pestifer, from pestis contagious disease, pest + ferre to bring]
 
pes'tiferously
 
adv
 
pes'tiferousness
 
n

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pestiferous
1458, mischievous, pernicious, fig. use of L. pestiferus "that brings plague or destruction," variant of pestifer "bringing plague," from pestis "plague" + ferre "carry" (see infer).
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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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