pestiferous

  • 1 Pestiferous — Pes*tif er*ous, a. [L. pestiferus, pestifer; pestis pest + ferre to bear: cf. F. pestif[ e]re.] 1. Pest bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious; as, pestiferous bodies. Poor, pestiferous creatures begging alms …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pestiferous — index contagious, dangerous, deadly, harmful, insalubrious, lethal, malignant, noxious, pernicious …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 pestiferous — mid 15c., mischievous, pernicious, figurative use of L. pestiferus that brings plague or destruction, variant of pestifer bringing plague, from pestis plague + ferre carry (see INFER (Cf. infer)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pestiferous — [pes tif′ər əs] adj. [ME < L pestiferus < pestis, plague + ferre, to BEAR1] 1. a) bringing or carrying disease b) Archaic infected with an epidemic disease 2. dangerous to morals or to the welfare of society; noxious; evil …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 pestiferous — adjective /ˌpɛsˈtɪfərəs/ a) containing organisms that cause contagious diseases because he hath vouchsafed to preserue our nation from such fountains, from serpents and venemous wormes, from al other pestiferous contagious creatures. b) annoying …

    Wiktionary

  • 6 pestiferous — SYN: pestilential. * * * pes·tif·er·ous pes tif (ə )rəs adj 1) carrying or propagating infection: PESTILENTIAL <a pestiferous insect> 2) infected with a pestilential disease * * * pes·tif·er·ous (pes tifґər əs) [pestis + ferous]… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 7 pestiferous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pestifer pestilential, noxious, from pestis + fer ferous Date: 15th century 1. dangerous to society ; pernicious 2. a. carrying or propagating infection ; pestilential b. infected with a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 pestiferous — pestiferously, adv. pestiferousness, n. /pe stif euhr euhs/, adj. 1. bringing or bearing disease. 2. pestilential. 3. pernicious; evil. 4. Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying. [1425 75; late ME < L pestiferus plague bringing, equiv. to …

    Universalium

  • 9 pestiferous — Synonyms and related words: aggravating, annoying, bad, bad for, baneful, bothering, bothersome, catching, communicable, contagious, contaminated, deadly, destructive, disturbing, endemic, envenomed, epidemial, epidemic, epiphytotic, epizootic,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 Pestiferous — mischievous, troublesome, or annoying …

    Dictionary of Australian slang

  • 11 pestiferous — Australian Slang mischievous, troublesome, or annoying …

    English dialects glossary

  • 12 pestiferous — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. virulent, toxic, unhealthy; see harmful , deadly , poisonous …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 pestiferous — bringing plague or pestilence Bearing and Carrying …

    Phrontistery dictionary

  • 14 pestiferous — pÉ™ stɪfÉ™rÉ™s adj. causes disease, infectious; harmful, injurious …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 15 pestiferous — adjective 1》 literary harbouring infection and disease. 2》 humorous annoying. Origin ME: from L. pestifer bringing pestilence + ous …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 pestiferous — a. 1. Pestilential, infectious, contagious, pest bearing, infected, malignant, morbific. 2. Noxious, mischievous, venomous, malignant, vexatious, troublesome, malign, injurious, destructive …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 17 pestiferous — adj See pestilent …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 18 pestiferous — pes·tif·er·ous …

    English syllables

  • 19 pestiferous — pes•tif•er•ous [[t]pɛˈstɪf ər əs[/t]] adj. 1) pat bringing or bearing disease 2) pernicious; dangerous 3) troublesome; annoying • Etymology: 1425–75; late ME < L pestiferus plague bringing =pesti (s. of pestis) pest+ ferus ferous… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 pestiferous — /pɛsˈtɪfərəs/ (say pes tifuhruhs) adjective 1. carrying or producing plague. 2. → pestilential. 3. pernicious in any way. 4. Colloquial mischievous, troublesome, or annoying. {Latin pestifer plague bringing + ous} –pestiferously, adverb …

    Australian English dictionary


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