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Relating to or tending to produce a pestilence.
Synonym(s): pestiferous
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(1) Producing an infectious disease; i.e., pathogenic.
(2) Peferring to or causing a pestilence; e.g., epidemic.
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Relating to or tending to produce a pestilence.
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(pĕs′tĭl-ĕns) [L. pestilentia]
An epidemic contagious disease.
pestilential (pĕs-tĭ-lĕn′shăl), adjective
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This precaution was based on a mistaken hypothesis (i.e., that "pestilential air" transmitted all communicable diseases), but the precaution did prevent direct person-to-person transmission through inhalation of contaminated aerosolized droplets.
In a passage from this text, the climatist and contagionist theories overlap as the title character walks through disease-infested Philadelphia: "Effluvia of a pestilential nature, assailed me from every corner....
The first one is the author of Antidoto contra la pestilente poesia de las Soledades (1624) (Antidote to the Pestilential Poetry of the Soledades).
He accepted their invitation to set up a conference, but it would be one that would follow his agenda and be devoted to humbling all pestilential Puritans.
The fall of the Wall sent the rabbits scurrying citywide, these erstwhile cute symbols of freedom now a pestilential public nuisance.
Well, that might have been kept apart for some private discussion in a conclave but the people are truly aghast that corruption was not listed and highlighted as the pestilential blight affecting the nation.
Similarly, Poe claims, the atmosphere that surrounds the Dead Sea is comprised of 'vapours' that appear 'pestilential' and 'volumes of smoke' that 'issue' regularly 'from the lake'.
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He quoted the scientist and critic of religion, Professor Richard Dawkins, describing God as "a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully".
If you heed the mainstream media, you'll conclude that terrorists are as plentiful and pestilential as politicians.
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He also wrote against the practice of slavery, saying that the sugar produced by slaves could not be compared in any way to the "misery produced among our fellow creatures, and such a constant butchery of the human species by this pestilential detestable traffic in the bodies and souls of men." (13) His last public service was on behalf of slavery's elimination: an acceptance of the presidency of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.