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pes·ti·lent

 (pĕs′tə-lənt)
adj.
1.
a. Causing or likely to cause epidemic disease: a pestilent swamp.
b. Infectious or epidemic: a pestilent disease.
c. Archaic Tending to cause death; deadly.
2. Morally or socially harmful; pernicious: pestilent writings.
3. Causing annoyance or disapproval: a pestilent fool.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pestilēns, pestilent-, from pestis, pestilence; see pest.]

pestilent

(ˈpɛstɪlənt)
adj
1. annoying; irritating
2. highly destructive morally or physically; pernicious
3. (Pathology) infected with or likely to cause epidemic or infectious disease
[C15: from Latin pestilens unwholesome, from pestis plague]
ˈpestilently adv

pes•ti•lent

(ˈpɛs tl ənt)

adj.
1. producing or tending to produce infectious or contagious, often epidemic, disease; pestilential.
2. destructive to life; deadly.
3. injurious to peace, morals, etc.; pernicious.
4. troublesome or annoying.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pestilent- (s. of pestilēns) unhealthy, noxious, alter. of pestilentus=pesti- (s. of pestis) plague, pest + -lentus -lent]
pes′ti•lent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pestilent - exceedingly harmfulpestilent - exceedingly harmful      
noxious - injurious to physical or mental health; "noxious chemical wastes"; "noxious ideas"
2.pestilent - likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease; "a pestilential malignancy in the air"- Jonathan Swift; "plaguey fevers"
epidemic - (especially of medicine) of disease or anything resembling a disease; attacking or affecting many individuals in a community or a population simultaneously; "an epidemic outbreak of influenza"

pestilent

adjective
Extremely destructive or harmful:
Translations

pestilent

[ˈpestɪlənt] ADJ
1. (= infected, diseased) → apestado
2. (= annoying) → latoso

pestilent

, pestilential
adjpesterfüllt; (fig: = pernicious) → schädlich, verderblich; (inf: = loathsome) → ekelhaft; a pestilent diseaseeine Seuche

pestilent

[ˈpɛstɪlnt] pestilential [ˌpɛstɪˈlɛnʃl] adj (fam) (exasperating) → pestifero/a
References in classic literature ?
This pestilent wizard (in whom his just punishment seemed to have wrought no manner of amendment) had an inveterate habit of haunting a certain mansion, styled the House of the Seven Gables, against the owner of which he pretended to hold an unsettled claim for ground-rent.
Sea fowls are pecking at the small crabs, shell-fish, and other sea candies and maccaroni, which the Right Whale sometimes carries on his pestilent back.
A pestilent conceit, which so often will insist upon obtruding even when beholding the mightiest royal beadle on his throne.
Here is a fellow, who, infected by the most pestilent and blasphemous code of devilry that ever was known, abandoned his property to the vilest scum of the earth that ever did murder by wholesale, and you ask me why I am sorry that a man who instructs youth knows him?
That, perhaps, in short, this Prerogative Office of the diocese of Canterbury was altogether such a pestilent job, and such a pernicious absurdity, that but for its being squeezed away in a corner of St.
That, Sancho, thou art not," said Don Quixote; "for not only art thou not sage silence, but thou art pestilent prate and perversity; still I would like to know what three proverbs have just now come into thy memory, for I have been turning over mine own- and it is a good one- and none occurs to me.
The loss which America has sustained since the peace, from the pestilent effects of paper money on the necessary confidence between man and man, on the necessary confidence in the public councils, on the industry and morals of the people, and on the character of republican government, constitutes an enormous debt against the States chargeable with this unadvised measure, which must long remain unsatisfied; or rather an accumulation of guilt, which can be expiated no otherwise than by a voluntary sacrifice on the altar of justice, of the power which has been the instrument of it.
I had so worked upon my imagination as really to believe that about the whole mansion and domain there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity-- an atmosphere which had no affinity with the air of heaven, but which had reeked up from the decayed trees, and the grey wall, and the silent tarn--a pestilent and mystic vapour, dull, sluggish, faintly discernible, and leaden-hued.
Not content with trying to bring you to a bed of sickness, these lickspittles and pestilent old men are trying to bring me to the same.
We other gods must all do as you bid us, but her you neither scold nor punish; you encourage her because the pestilent creature is your daughter.
The place was horribly haunted by clouds of mosquitoes and every form of flying pest, so we were glad to find solid ground again and to make a circuit among the trees, which enabled us to outflank this pestilent morass, which droned like an organ in the distance, so loud was it with insect life.
Never can there come fog too thick, never can there come mud and mire too deep, to assort with the groping and floundering condition which this High Court of Chancery, most pestilent of hoary sinners, holds this day in the sight of heaven and earth.