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.

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.

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Medicine definitions for pestilential

pestilential

[ pĕs′tə-lĕnshəl ]

adj.

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