Pestilent meaning

pĕstə-lənt
Morally or socially harmful; pernicious.

Pestilent writings.

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Likely to cause death; deadly.
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Causing annoyance or disapproval.

A pestilent fool.

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Contagious; pestilential.
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Dangerous to the security and welfare of society; pernicious.
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Annoying; troublesome.
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Causing or likely to cause epidemic disease.

A pestilent swamp.

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Infectious or epidemic.

A pestilent disease.

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Tending to cause death; deadly.
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Highly injurious or destructive to life: deadly.
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(informal) Annoying.
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(archaic) Harmful to morals or public order.
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Origin of pestilent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pestilēns pestilent- from pestis pestilence pest

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