Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pestilent. See Synonyms at poisonous.

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  • adj. Producing pestilence or plague; pestilent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the nature or qualities of a pestilence.
  • adj. Hence: Mischievous; noxious; pernicious; morally destructive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or tending to produce infectious disease; pestiferous.
  • Mischievous; pernicious; destructive.
  • Partaking of the nature of pestilence or any infectious and deadly disease: as, a pestilential fever. See fever.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease

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Examples

  • In comments on his table, Potter says that he has doubtless included mention of many plagues which, although described under that name, are probably a dissimilar disease, writers having applied the terms pestilential and pestilent in a generic sense to diseases specifically different.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • It is the spirit which incarcerates unfortunate prisoners of honorable warfare in pestilential holds, stifles them with thirst, starvation, diseased meats, if not slow poisons, and plants tons of gunpowder under them that, in case of inability to retain them, they might be blown to atoms at the mere touch of a match.

    The Assassinated President

  • 18.3 In comments on his table, Potter says that he has doubtless included mention of many plagues which, although described under that name, are probably a dissimilar disease, writers having applied the terms pestilential and pestilent in a generic sense to diseases specifically different.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Like many other men, North or South, they were brave enough when it came to gunpowder, but were quickly vanquished at the idea of pestilential disease.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Or, A Boy's Adventures in the Civil War

  • At every fair-time "a kind of pestilential fever" raged, so that at least 400 folk were buried there annually during the five or six weeks of the market.

    On the Spanish Main Or, Some English forays on the Isthmus of Darien.

  • Eck's comments on the "pestilential" errors of Wiclif and Hus condemned by the Council of Constance was met by the reply, that, so far as the position of the Hussites was concerned, there were among them many who were "very Christian and evangelical".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Certain it is, that after he had left the island called La Mona, and when he was approaching the island of San Juan, a drowsiness, which Las Casas calls "pestilential," but which might reasonably be attributed to the privations, cares, and anxieties which the admiral had now undergone for many months, seized upon him, and entirely deprived him for a time of the use of his senses.

    The Life of Columbus

  • If they want to know their first task, as coaching motivator and quarterback leader, it's to eradicate pestilential losses like this one.

    For the NFL's worst, it always gets better when they play the Redskins

  • There is a law Section 1170 that states that the Board of Health and Sanitation of the City of New York may remove from the public arena any person sick with any contagious, pestilential, or infectious disease.

    Deadly

  • What was remarkable was that the Allies having spent nearly six years fighting to destroy this pestilential horror in the heart of Europe, then turned round and assisted the German people to rebuild their society and their prosperity.

    Athens backs villagers' fight for German compensation over 1944 SS massacre

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  • The improv group I was in for a while in college used this as an enunciation exercise.

    August 21, 2008

  • To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
    In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
    Awaiting the sensation of a short sharp shock,
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!

    -- W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado

    August 21, 2008