pestiferous


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pes·ti·len·tial

(pes'ti-len'shăl),
Relating to or tending to produce a pestilence.
Synonym(s): pestiferous

pestiferous

(pĕ-stĭf′ər-əs)
adj.
1.
a. Producing or breeding infectious disease.
b. Infected with or contaminated by an epidemic disease.
2. Morally evil or deadly; pernicious.
3. Bothersome; annoying.

pes·tif′er·ous·ly adv.
pes·tif′er·ous·ness n.

pestiferous

adjective
(1) Producing an infectious disease; i.e., pathogenic.
(2) Peferring to or causing a pestilence; e.g., epidemic.

pestiferous

(pĕs-tĭf′ĕr-ŭs) [L. pestiferus]
Producing a pestilence; carrying infection.
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(171.) The title of the Latin edition in 1546 had only "Adversus errores sectaa anabaptistarum," whereas the English edition of 1549 remained true to the French wording: "agaynst the pestiferous errours of the common secte of Anabaptistes."
Following their removal from the field, crow movement patterns in the maize restarted after a short hiatus, which further signified the pestiferous abilities of the crows to inflict damage and economic losses.
I mean, what's wrong here?" He said, "Oh, it's the weevil." I used to call it the evil weevil because it is a pestiferous creature that is going to ruin our whole agricultural setup.
As the stalwart Roland puts it, "The pagans are in the wrong and the Christians are in the right." In the Old French poem, the Muslims worship some deities other than Allah, which emerge from the pestiferous side of the Christian imagination, and it is dangerous to be a goddess or prophet when she or he fails to come through in battle: "And [the Saracens] tear out Termagant's carbuncle and hurl the image of Mahomet into a ditch for pigs and dogs to devour and befoul." The most impressive Muslim warrior is still a Muslim, and therefore to be despised.
Vegetation clothed the earth there [outside Cuba] as here, but here its rank luxuriance, where untamed, typified the unbridled sweep of human propensities, while the curbs and restraints that a certain measure of civilization imposed upon it only concealed the fens and marshes that were the product of a decay as pestiferous to the physical as the corruptions of the heaven-born passions are to the moral atmosphere.
This document allows William to claim the family estate, free its slaves, and resettle himself and his closest relatives, white, biracial, and black, "away from the pestiferous atmosphere of the South," and in close proximity to the New England family homestead presided over by the Quaker Clara, mother of Franck and aunt of Miss P.
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"You know well enough the sort of ill-conditioned snarling cur...." And the captain readily acknowledges, "I knew well enough the pestiferous danger of such a character....
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In the diplomatic hothouse of Versailles in 1919, the US President Woodrow Wilson made the mistake of belittling Hughes and soon concluded that Hughes was a 'pestiferous varmint' (p.
Orius niger (Wolff) that is a palaearctic species (Riudavets, 1995), has been recorded with the pestiferous thrips in cotton (Atakan 2006), various vegetables (Atakan, 2008b) and in fruit orchards (Atakan, 2008c) in the region.