pestilent

[ pes-tl-uh nt ]
/ ˈpɛs tl ənt /

adjective

producing or tending to produce infectious or contagious, often epidemic, disease; pestilential.
destructive to life; deadly; poisonous.
injurious to peace, morals, etc.; pernicious.
troublesome, annoying, or mischievous.

Origin of pestilent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pestilent- (stem of pestilēns) unhealthy, noxious, alteration of pestilentus, equivalent to pesti- (stem of pestis) pest + -lentus -lent
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pestilent

/ (ˈpɛstɪlənt) /

adjective

annoying; irritating
highly destructive morally or physically; pernicious
infected with or likely to cause epidemic or infectious disease
Derived Formspestilently, adverb

Word Origin for pestilent

C15: from Latin pestilens unwholesome, from pestis plague
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Word Origin and History for pestilent

pestilent


adj.

late 14c., from Latin pestilentem (nominative pestilens), from pestilis "of the nature of a plague," from pestis "deadly contagious disease" (see pest (n.)). Related: Pestilently.

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