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English adjective: pestiferous

1. pestiferous contaminated with infecting organisms

SamplesDirty wounds.
Obliged to go into infected rooms.


Similarinfected, septic


2. pestiferous likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease

SamplesA pestilential malignancy in the air.
Plaguey fevers.

Synonymspestilent, pestilential, plaguey


Antonymsecdemic, endemic, endemical

3. pestiferous tending to corrupt or pervert

Synonymscorruptive, perversive



4. pestiferous causing irritation or annoyance

SamplesTapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork.
Aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport.
Found it galling to have to ask permission.
An irritating delay.
Nettlesome paperwork.
A pesky mosquito.
Swarms of pestering gnats.
A plaguey newfangled safety catch.
A teasing and persistent thought annoyed him.
A vexatious child.
It is vexing to have to admit you are wrong.

Synonymsannoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, plaguey, plaguy, teasing, vexatious, vexing



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