Origin of pestilential
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Examples from the Web for pestilential
Into its profound and pestilential depths, indeed, she can see.
The chief characteristic of Fuzby was a pestilential spirit of gossip.St. Winifred's
Frederic W. Farrar
Yet pestilential as is the clime, the scenery is very beautiful.Peter the Whaler
But they were filled by the pestilential dead, and I passed by without exploring them.The Scarlet Plague
We got away from the pestilential Swamp and that poisonous ground.Andersonville, Volume 3
- dangerous or troublesome; harmful or annoying
- of, causing, or resembling pestilence
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Word Origin and History for pestilential
late 14c., from Medieval Latin pestilentialis, from Latin pestilentia "plague" (see pestilence). Related: Pestilentially.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or tending to produce a pestilence.
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