Pestiferous meaning

pĕ-stĭfər-əs
Morally evil or deadly; pernicious.
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Bothersome; annoying.
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Dangerous to morals or to the welfare of society; noxious; evil.
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Annoying; mischievous; bothersome.
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Producing or breeding infectious disease.
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Infected with or contaminated by an epidemic disease.
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Containing organisms that cause contagious diseases.
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Origin of pestiferous

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary