Pestiferous Definition

Bringing or carrying disease.
Webster's New World
Infected with an epidemic disease.
Webster's New World
Dangerous to morals or to the welfare of society; noxious; evil.
Webster's New World
Annoying; mischievous; bothersome.
Webster's New World

Origin of Pestiferous

  • Mid 15th century, in sense “mischievous, pernicious", from Latin pestiferus (“bearing plague"), from pestifer, from pestis (“plague") + ferre (“carry") (see infer).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin pestiferus variant of pestifer pestis pestilence pest -fer -fer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Surface analysis is pest +"Ž -iferous (“bearing, carrying").

    From Wiktionary

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