- 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
Related Words for pestilentbaneful, contagious, corrupting, deadly, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, diseased, evil, fatal, harmful, infectious, injurious, lethal, mortal, noxious, pernicious, pestiferous, ruinous, troublesome
Examples from the Web for pestilent
Historical Examples of pestilent
She would have been out holiday-making (as I settled it) but for the pestilent rain.The Uncommercial Traveller
The pestilent coxcomb has his uses, and his uses, like adversity's, are sweet.The Lion's Skin
But how was this pestilent young cub of an Englishman to be got rid of?The Cruise of the Thetis
Is it pestilent Machiuilian pollicie that thou hast studied?
Then he was liable to be seized and put to death as a pestilent heretic.
- annoying; irritating
- highly destructive morally or physically; pernicious
- infected with or likely to cause epidemic or infectious disease
Word Origin for pestilent
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.