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English noun: pest

1. pest (state) a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal


Synonymspestilence, pestis, plague


Broader (hypernym)epidemic disease


Narrower (hyponym)bubonic plague, glandular plague, pestis bubonica, plague pneumonia, pneumonic plague, pulmonic plague, septicemic plague

2. pest (state) any epidemic disease with a high death rate


Synonymspestilence, plague


Broader (hypernym)epidemic disease

3. pest (person) a persistently annoying person


Synonymsblighter, cuss, gadfly, pesterer


Broader (hypernym)persecutor, tormenter, tormentor


Narrower (hyponym)nudnick, nudnik

4. pest (animal) any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc.


SamplesHe sprayed the garden to get rid of pests.
Many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides.


Broader (hypernym)animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna


Narrower (hyponym)vermin









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