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a. Producing or breeding infectious disease.
b. Infected with or contaminated by an epidemic disease.
2. Morally evil or deadly; pernicious.
3. Bothersome; annoying.
[Middle English, from Latin pestiferus, variant of pestifer : pestis, pestilence; see pest + -fer, -fer.]
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1. informal troublesome; irritating
2. (Pathology) breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease
3. corrupting; pernicious
[C16: from Latin pestifer, from pestis contagious disease, pest + ferre to bring]
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pes•tif•er•ous(pɛˈstɪf ər əs)
1. bringing or bearing disease.
2. pernicious; dangerous.
3. troublesome; annoying.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pestiferus plague-bringing =pesti- (s. of pestis) pest + -ferus -ferous]
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|Adj.||1.||pestiferous - contaminated with infecting organisms; "dirty wounds"; "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen|
|2.||pestiferous - 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"
|3.||pestiferous - tending to corrupt or pervert|
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
|4.||pestiferous - causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"|
annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, plaguy, vexatious, vexing, plaguey, teasing
disagreeable - not to your liking; "a disagreeable situation"
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