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pestilent

[ pes-tl-uhnt ]
/ ˈpɛs tl ənt /
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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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for pestilent

pestilent
/ (ˈpɛstɪlənt) /

adjective
annoying; irritating
highly destructive morally or physically; pernicious
infected with or likely to cause epidemic or infectious disease

Derived forms of pestilent

pestilently, adverb

Word Origin for pestilent

C15: from Latin pestilens unwholesome, from pestis plague
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