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pestilent

[pes-tl-uh nt] /ˈpɛs tl ənt/
adjective
1.
producing or tending to produce infectious or contagious, often epidemic, disease; pestilential.
2.
destructive to life; deadly; poisonous.
3.
injurious to peace, morals, etc.; pernicious.
4.
troublesome, annoying, or mischievous.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin pestilent- (stem of pestilēns) unhealthy, noxious, alteration of pestilentus, equivalent to pesti- (stem of pestis) pest + -lentus -lent
Related forms
pestilently, adverb
antipestilent, adjective
antipestilently, adverb
nonpestilent, adjective
nonpestilently, adverb
unpestilent, adjective
unpestilently, adverb
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  • In any case, the final aim must be to burn out entirely this pestilent abscess.
British Dictionary definitions for pestilent

pestilent

/ˈpɛstɪlənt/
adjective
1.
annoying; irritating
2.
highly destructive morally or physically; pernicious
3.
infected with or likely to cause epidemic or infectious disease
Derived Forms
pestilently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin pestilens unwholesome, from pestis plague
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Word Origin and History for pestilent
adj.

late 14c., from Latin pestilentem (nominative pestilens), from pestilis "of the nature of a plague," from pestis "deadly contagious disease" (see pest (n.)). Related: Pestilently.

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