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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 save supply, the result was pestilential odor.
Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard June 17, 2009

Historical Examples

And the worm which was beginning to fall asleep is roused again to pestilential fierceness.
The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols) Thomas De Quincey

Yet pestilential as is the clime, the scenery is very beautiful.
Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston

They delight in those steaming marshes which are pestilential to other beings, and wallow in stagnant water.
Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals R. Lee

We got away from the pestilential Swamp and that poisonous ground.
Andersonville, Volume 3 John McElroy

Rome was the lonely and ruined capital of a pestilential desert, and its population was composed of marauders in various degrees.
Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2 Francis Marion Crawford

Often they are underground, damp, and pestilential; always filthy.
The Criminal Havelock Ellis

First a country store; then a saloon begins to make its pestilential influence felt.
The Minute Man of the Frontier W. G. Puddefoot

Its characters are not from foreign courts or the pestilential dens of foreign cities.
Dust Julian Hawthorne

dangerous or troublesome; harmful or annoying
of, causing, or resembling pestilence

late 14c., from Medieval Latin pestilentialis, from Latin pestilentia “plague” (see pestilence). Related: Pestilentially.

pestilential pes·ti·len·tial (pěs’tə-lěn’shəl)
Of, relating to, or tending to produce a pestilence.


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