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pestilential

[ pes-tl-en-shuhl ]

adjective

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


pestilential

/ ˌpɛstɪˈlɛnʃəl /

adjective

  1. dangerous or troublesome; harmful or annoying
  2. of, causing, or resembling pestilence


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Derived Forms

  • ˌpestiˈlentially, adverb

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Other Words From

  • pesti·lential·ly adverb
  • pesti·lential·ness noun
  • anti·pesti·lential adjective
  • nonpes·ti·lential adjective
  • unpes·ti·lential adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pestilential1

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

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Example Sentences

His government believes Scotland's generally pestilential climate can be a "green energy" blessing.

I long for the day I no longer have to think about this pestilential little locust.

When switched off to save supply, the result was pestilential odor.

The graves of thousands of English soldiers had been dug in the pestilential morass of Dundalk.

Let the following incident witness his sagacity: Pestilential fevers periodically ravaged his native city.

None but Indians could live and labour and travel habitually, in such a pestilential atmosphere.

He died of a pestilential disorder, which, in the course of two days, had carried off nearly 400 men in his camp.

Like pestilential vapor, the infamy of universal reprobation hung over him.

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