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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 ?
Undoubtedly this did keep down the vermin, but it seemed probable, in view of all the circumstances, that the old lady regarded it rather as feeding the chickens than as cleaning the rooms.
The chief emulation among them seemed to be, to see which could manage to be the uncleanest and most prosperous with vermin.
Truly, you did well," said the Marquis, felicitously sensible that such vermin were not to ruffle him, "to see a thief accompanying my carriage, and not open that great mouth of yours.
She reserved it for me to restore the desolate house, admit the sunshine into the dark rooms, set the clocks a-going and the cold hearths a-blazing, tear down the cobwebs, destroy the vermin - in short, do all the shining deeds of the young Knight of romance, and marry the Princess.
To bring that about, their fellow slaves all over the world must unite in a vast international association of men pledged to share the world's work justly; to share the produce of the work justly; to yield not a farthing--charity apart--to any full-grown and able-bodied idler or malingerer, and to treat as vermin in the commonwealth persons attempting to get more than their share of wealth or give less than their share of work.
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.
And according to that the gentleman has good reason to say he would rather be a labouring man than a king, if vermin are to eat him.
The other side seldom obtruded itself upon her memory--the long, black nights--the chill, terrible jungle nights--the cold and damp and discomfort of the rainy season--the hideous mouthings of the savage carnivora as they prowled through the Stygian darkness beneath--the constant menace of Sheeta, the panther, and Histah, the snake--the stinging insects--the loathesome vermin.
It occurred to me even then, that in the course of a few days the moon must pass through its last quarter, and the nights grow dark, when the appearances of these unpleasant creatures from below, these whitened Lemurs, this new vermin that had replaced the old, might be more abundant.
But they're intelligent things, and they won't hunt us down if they have all they want, and think we're just harmless vermin.
Such fellows are not men at all, but mere vermin, no matter what they think themselves to be.
Young Towers looked at him with increasing disgust when they met at the house on a Sunday, and secretly longed to try his ferret upon him, as a piece of vermin which that valuable animal would be likely to tackle with unhesitating vigour.