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[pe-stif-er-uh s] /pɛˈstɪf ər əs/

bringing or bearing disease.
pernicious; evil.
Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying.
(informal) troublesome; irritating
breeding, carrying, or spreading infectious disease
corrupting; pernicious

mid-15c., “mischievous, pernicious,” figurative use of Latin pestiferus “that brings plague or destruction,” variant of pestifer “bringing plague, destructive, noxious,” from pestis “plague” (see pest) + ferre “carry” (see infer). Related: Pestiferously; pestiferousness.

pestiferous pes·tif·er·ous (pě-stĭf’ər-əs)


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