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pestiferous (adj.)

mid-15c., pestiferus, "bringing plague, plague-bearing, pestilential," also in a weakened or figurative sense, "mischievous, malignant, pernicious, hurtful to morals or society," from of Latin pestiferus "that brings plague or destruction," variant of pestifer "bringing plague, destructive, noxious," from pestis "plague" (see pest) + ferre "carry," from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry," also "to bear children." Related: Pestiferously; pestiferousness.

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Definitions of pestiferous

pestiferous (adj.)
contaminated with infecting organisms; "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen;
Synonyms: dirty
pestiferous (adj.)
likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease; "a pestilential malignancy in the air"- Jonathan Swift;
pestiferous (adj.)
tending to corrupt or pervert;
Synonyms: corruptive / perversive
pestiferous (adj.)
causing irritation or annoyance;
Synonyms: annoying / bothersome / galling / irritating / nettlesome / pesky / pestering / plaguy / plaguey / teasing / vexatious / vexing
From wordnet.princeton.edu