American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Producing or breeding infectious disease.
- adj. Infected with or contaminated by an epidemic disease.
- adj. Morally evil or deadly; pernicious.
- adj. Bothersome; annoying.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Plague-bearing; pestilential; infectious; contagious: as, pestiferous particles.
- Noxious in any manner; mischievous; malignant; annoying.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pest-bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious.
- adj. Noxious to peace, to morals, or to society; vicious; hurtful; destructive.
- adj. contaminated with infecting organisms
- adj. causing irritation or annoyance
- adj. tending to corrupt or pervert
- adj. likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease
- Mid 15th century, in sense “mischievous, pernicious”, from Latin pestiferus ("bearing plague"), from pestifer, from pestis ("plague") + ferre ("carry") (see infer). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin pestiferus, variant of pestifer : pestis, pestilence; see pest + -fer, -fer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Vermont's record on the slavery issue was so strong that Georgia's legislature resolved that a ditch be dug around the "pestiferous" state and it be floated out to sea.”
“He had hitched his wagon to a star and been landed in a pestiferous marsh.”
“In his call for a crusade, Innocent III denounced the Cathars as “pestiferous men.””
“To me this sounds like the voice of privilege complaining about how annoying it is to deal with those pestiferous people who keep pointing out how unfair the privilege is.”
““Let us say a bond of, oh, only a pound, because she caused some trouble to that pestiferous printer Franklin.””
“Even pestiferous snow geese should be hunted with respect, not shot like rats or starlings.”
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“The place was of the most ricketty description, and situated in the midst of filthy and pestiferous nuisances.”
“But as annoying and pestiferous as some insects are, they are also very essential to us, as without them large portions of the ecology would collapse.”
“This in turn leads to unhealthy scruples about dropping bombs on said wogs and their pestiferous children.”
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