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Friday, March 25, 2005

Definitions for pestiferous

  1. Bearing or bringing disease.
  2. Infected with or contaminated by a pestilential disease.
  3. Morally evil or dangerous to society; pernicious.

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Citations for pestiferous
Equatorial climate and pestiferous conditions made Guayaquil such an unattractive port in the past that it was not until well into the twentieth century, when sanitary conditions were established, that it became a modern city handling extensive commerce with the rest of the world. Thomas E. Weil, Countries of the World
What is the most correct, the politest, the best
Way to get rid of this pestiferous unwanted 'guest'?
James Michie, The Spectator
Origin of pestiferous
late Middle English
1425-1475
Pestiferous is from Latin pestifer, "pestilential," from pestis, "pestilence," + -fer, "bearing."