producing or tending to produce infectious or contagious, often epidemic, disease; pestilential.
destructive to life; deadly; poisonous.
injurious to peace, morals, etc.; pernicious.
troublesome, annoying, or mischievous.
That’s fine by my troth, these men have pestilent running heads then; do they speak as we do?
Beaumont & Fletcher’s Works (8 of 10) Francis Beaumont
Is it pestilent Machiuilian pollicie that thou hast studied?
Elizabethan and Jacobean Pamphlets Various
He loved it, indignant when pestilent modernism hurried the tempo or took liberties with the well-known score.
Ruskin Relics W. G. Collingwood
American law to most of them is but a pestilent thing to be evaded.
Historic Towns of the Western States Various
“And a pestilent knave,” concluded a fiery-faced man whom Anthony did not know.
By What Authority? Robert Hugh Benson
The true beggar, as I have said, is not often annoyed by these pestilent callers.
Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
On that pestilent and wild Isthmus there had been very little chance to make up for the disadvantages of his youth.
The Spanish Pioneers Charles F. Lummis
Never had I ventured into so pestilent and forbidding a place.
The Mystery of Cloomber Arthur Conan Doyle
He had a most pestilent trick of perpetually playing monitor, to the wet-blanketing of all good fellowship.
A Great Emergency and Other Tales Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
I have little doubt that this scullery was a pestilent place.
The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
highly destructive morally or physically; pernicious
infected with or likely to cause epidemic or infectious disease
late 14c., from Latin pestilentem (nominative pestilens), from pestilis “of the nature of a plague,” from pestis “deadly contagious disease” (see pest (n.)). Related: Pestilently.
producing or tending to produce . pertaining to or of the nature of , especially bubonic plague. pernicious; harmful. annoyingly troublesome. Contemporary Examples I long for the day I no longer have to think about this pestilential little locust. Ron Paul: Batty Old Reactionary for President Michael Tomasky December 13, 2011 When switched off to […]
of or relating to : philosophical studies. versed in or occupied with . proper to or befitting a . rationally or sensibly calm, patient, or composed. Rare. of or relating to or physical science. Contemporary Examples As the story goes, Socrates engaged the cobbler and the local youth in philosophical discussions while Simon worked. Intervals: […]
the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. any of the three branches, namely , , and , that are accepted as composing this study. a particular system of thought based on such study or investigation: the philosophy of Spinoza. the critical study of the basic principles and concepts of […]
spurious or deceitful . a false or contrived argument, especially one designed to deceive. Historical Examples philosophism sits joyful in glittering saloons, is the pride of nobles and promises a coming millennium. The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger philosophism, as Carlyle calls it, is the ruling spirit of his work. French Art W. C. Brownell […]