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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or caused by vermin: verminous diseases.
  • adj. Infested with vermin.
  • adj. Of the nature of vermin; repulsive.

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  • adj. Infested with vermin.
  • adj. Actively unpleasant, contemptible, or otherwise reminiscent of vermin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to breed vermin; infested by vermin.
  • adj. Caused by, or arising from the presence of, vermin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to verminate, or breed vermin; affected with vermination; infested with parasitic vermin: as, verminous carrion.
  • Due to the presence of vermin; caused by vermin: as, verminous ulcers. See phthiriasis.
  • Of the nature of or consisting of vermin; like vermin.

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

  • adj. of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive


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From vermin +‎ -ous.


  • The same sort of evil could be ascribed to the Nazi regime itself, which showed its own inhumanity by treating its "verminous" victims as nonhuman.

    Satan Goes Secular

  • —Jane Wellington, I am not touching this verminous creature, and I forbid you to have anything to do with her either!


  • But these vociferous individuals and groups tend to ignore the obvious human component: Cats as pets are too integrated into our cultural fabric for us to consider their verminous eradication.

    Vet's view: One small snip for catkind ...

  • No sooner has the mayor announced that he has dreamed of rats than two verminous monsters appear outside his door.

    Government Inspector – review

  • And I was in a verminous, overpriced apartment that periodically had no running water, surrounded by sectarian tensions, on a vague mission that I only half believed in myself.

    Day of Honey

  • If Obama had waited more than a few hours to react to Haiti, you and the other verminous right-wing scumbags* would be attacking him for not reacting soon enough to a humanitarian catastrophe.

    Think Progress » Beck: Obama is ‘dividing the nation’ by reacting ‘so rapidly to Haiti.’

  • They are the multiplex dwellers who have become used to living in the cultural freezing cold, whose brains have been addled by poisonous celluloid asbestos, and whose expectations of mainstream entertainment have been gradually eroded by leaky plumbing and infestations of verminous pests.

    Mark Kermode: How to make an intelligent blockbuster and not alienate people

  • Doesn't it give you the slightest bit of pause that the lowest and most verminous of all businesspeople are arguing strenuously for Macmillan's position?

    Making Light: A music exec's take on the Macmillan/Amazon throwdown

  • Claiming that someone is part of the class of the "lowest and most verminous of all businesspeople" because they were an executive at Rounder Records is kind of like attributing the sins of Rupert Murdoch to the person running a scrappy alt-weekly in Duluth.

    Making Light: A music exec's take on the Macmillan/Amazon throwdown

  • These consisted of a shirt and trousers, boots, and a canvas jacket, the crease not improved by a night in that verminous hole I'd just escaped from.



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