pestiferous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pestiferous \Pes*tif"er*ous\, adjective [L. pestiferus, pestifer; pestis pest + ferre to bear: cf. F. pestif['e]re.]

1. Pest-bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious; as, pestiferous bodies. "Poor, pestiferous creatures begging alms." --Evelyn. "Unwholesome and pestiferous occupations." --Burke.

2. Noxious to peace, to morals, or to society; vicious; hurtful; destructive; as, a pestiferous demagogue.

Pestiferous reports of men very nobly held. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pestiferous

adjective

1: contaminated with infecting organisms; "dirty wounds"; "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen [syn: {dirty}, {pestiferous}]

2: likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease; "a pestilential malignancy in the air"- Jonathan Swift; "plaguey fevers" [syn: {pestilent}, {pestilential}, {pestiferous}, {plaguey}]

3: tending to corrupt or pervert [syn: {corruptive}, {perversive}, {pestiferous}]

4: 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" [syn: {annoying}, {bothersome}, {galling}, {irritating}, {nettlesome}, {pesky}, {pestering}, {pestiferous}, {plaguy}, {plaguey}, {teasing}, {vexatious}, {vexing}]


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