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ver·min

 (vûr′mĭn)
pl.n.
1. Various small animals, such as rats or cockroaches, that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health.
2. Animals that prey on farm animals or game or that destroy crops.
3. People considered loathsome or repulsive.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vermīnum, from Latin vermis, worm; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

vermin

(ˈvɜːmɪn)
npl -min
1. (Zoology) (functioning as plural) small animals collectively, esp insects and rodents, that are troublesome to man, domestic animals, etc
2. an unpleasant, obnoxious, or dangerous person
[C13: from Old French vermine, from Latin vermis a worm]

ver•min

(ˈvɜr mɪn)

n., pl. ver•min.
1. noxious or objectionable animals collectively, esp. those of small size that appear commonly and are difficult to control, as flies, lice, cockroaches, and rats.
2. an objectionable or obnoxious person, or such persons collectively.
3. animals that prey upon game, as coyotes.
[1300–50; < Middle French vermin(e) < Latin vermināre to be infested with maggots, to have racking pains]

Vermin

 a kind or class of obnoxious animal, 1400; applied to persons of an offensive nature, 1562.
Examples: vermin of the earth, 1690; of the soul, 1621.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vermin - an irritating or obnoxious personvermin - an irritating or obnoxious person  
bad person - a person who does harm to others
2.vermin - any of various small animals or insects that are pestsvermin - any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats; "cereals must be protected from mice and other vermin"; "he examined the child's head for vermin"; "boys in the village have probably been shooting vermin"
pest - any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.; "he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests"; "many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides"
Translations
هوام، حَشَرات طُفَيْلِيَّه
havěť
skadedyr
tuhoeläintuholainen
férgek
meindÿr
kenkėjaiparazitai
parazītisalašņas
háveď
haşaratzararlı hayvan

vermin

[ˈvɜːmɪn] N
1. (lit) (= insects) → bichos mpl, sabandijas fpl; (= mammals) → alimañas fpl
2. (fig) (pej) (= people) → chusma f

vermin

[ˈvɜːrmɪn] npl
(= animals) → animaux mpl nuisibles, nuisibles mpl
(= insects) → vermine f

vermin

n no pl
(= animal)Schädling m
(= insects)Ungeziefer nt
(pej: = people) → Pack nt, → Ungeziefer nt

vermin

[ˈvɜːmɪn] nplanimali mpl nocivi (fig) (pej) → parassiti mpl

vermin

(ˈvəːmin) noun
undesirable or troublesome pests such as fleas, rats, or mice. Farmers are always having trouble with various types of vermin; It is vermin such as these men that are trying to destroy society.
References in classic literature ?
with mortal pangs The mimes become its food, And the angels sob at vermin fangs In human gore imbued.
I've never seen exquisite fallen beings, and I never shall see them, but such creatures as that painted Frenchwoman at the counter with the ringlets are vermin to my mind, and all fallen women are the same.
This of all virtues, and dignities of the mind, is the greatest; being the character of the Deity: and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing; no better than a kind of vermin.
To this the porter replied, as well as he could for trepidation, that he had once before heard of this sea-beast; that it was a cruel demon, with bowels of sulphur and blood of fire, created by evil genii as the means of inflicting misery upon mankind; that the things upon its back were vermin, such as sometimes infest cats and dogs, only a little larger and more savage; and that these vermin had their uses, however evil -- for, through the torture they caused the beast by their nibbling and stingings, it was goaded into that degree of wrath which was requisite to make it roar and commit ill, and so fulfil the vengeful and malicious designs of the wicked genii.
And for every beggar in America, Italy can show a hundred--and rags and vermin to match.
I could see distinctly the limbs of these vermin with my naked eye, much better than those of a European louse through a microscope, and their snouts with which they rooted like swine.
When I was building my house in the Paumotus I had slept out for weeks on a harder bed than that, with nothing to shelter me but wild shrubs; and as for vermin, my tough skin should be proof against their malice.
They feed and pamper the vermin who are eating away the foundations of the country, and, damn it all, when we put a clear case to them, when we show them men whom we know to be dangerous, they laugh at us and tell us that it isn't our department
Many of us have the flying dream, the pursuing-monster dream, color dreams, suffocation dreams, and the reptile and vermin dreams.
I ask your pardon, sir," says Thwackum: "it is no such slight matter for a man of my character to be thus injuriously treated, and buffeted by a boy, only because I would have done my duty, in endeavouring to detect and bring to justice a wanton harlot; but, indeed, the principal fault lies in Mr Allworthy and yourself; for if you put the laws in execution, as you ought to do, you will soon rid the country of these vermin.
He would have to bid farewell to his summer cleanliness, of course, for he would come out of the first night's lodging with his clothes alive with vermin.
The bites of the vermin grew less annoying though not less numerous.