pestilential

[ pes-tl-en-shuh l ]
/ ˌpɛs tlˈɛn ʃəl /

adjective

producing or tending to produce pestilence.
pertaining to or of the nature of pestilence, especially bubonic plague.
pernicious; harmful.
annoyingly troublesome.

Nearby words

  1. pesticide,
  2. pestiferous,
  3. pestiferously,
  4. pestilence,
  5. pestilent,
  6. pestle,
  7. pesto,
  8. pesty,
  9. pet,
  10. pet name

Origin of pestilential

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word pestilentiālis. See pestilent, -ial

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British Dictionary definitions for pestilential

pestilential

/ (ˌpɛstɪˈlɛnʃəl) /

adjective

dangerous or troublesome; harmful or annoying
of, causing, or resembling pestilence
Derived Formspestilentially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for pestilential

pestilential

adj.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin pestilentialis, from Latin pestilentia "plague" (see pestilence). Related: Pestilentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pestilential

pestilential

[ pĕs′tə-lĕnshəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or tending to produce a pestilence.

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