Synonyms and related words:
aggravating, annoying, bad, bad for, baneful, bothering, bothersome, catching, communicable, contagious, contaminated, deadly, destructive, disturbing, endemic, envenomed, epidemial, epidemic, epiphytotic, epizootic, exasperating, foul, galling, harassing, harmful, importunate, importune, infectious, infective, injurious, inoculable, insalubrious, insanitary, irking, irksome, irritating, malign, malignant, mephitic, miasmal, miasmatic, miasmic, morbific, noisome, noxious, pandemic, pathogenic, peccant, pesky, pestering, pestilent, pestilential, plaguesome, plaguey, plaguing, poisonous, polluted, provoking, septic, sporadic, spreading, tainted, taking, teasing, tiresome, tormenting, toxic, toxicant, toxiferous, troublesome, troubling, unhealthful, unhealthy, unhygienic, unsanitary, unwholesome, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, vexatious, vexing, virulent, wearisome, worrisome, worrying, zymotic

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.


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  • Pestiferous — Pes*tif er*ous, a. [L. pestiferus, pestifer; pestis pest + ferre to bear: cf. F. pestif[ e]re.] 1. Pest bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious; as, pestiferous bodies. Poor, pestiferous creatures begging alms …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pestiferous — index contagious, dangerous, deadly, harmful, insalubrious, lethal, malignant, noxious, pernicious …   Law dictionary

  • pestiferous — mid 15c., mischievous, pernicious, figurative use of L. pestiferus that brings plague or destruction, variant of pestifer bringing plague, from pestis plague + ferre carry (see INFER (Cf. infer)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pestiferous — [pes tif′ər əs] adj. [ME < L pestiferus < pestis, plague + ferre, to BEAR1] 1. a) bringing or carrying disease b) Archaic infected with an epidemic disease 2. dangerous to morals or to the welfare of society; noxious; evil …   English World dictionary

  • pestiferous — adjective /ˌpɛsˈtɪfərəs/ a) containing organisms that cause contagious diseases because he hath vouchsafed to preserue our nation from such fountains, from serpents and venemous wormes, from al other pestiferous contagious creatures. b) annoying …   Wiktionary

  • pestiferous — SYN: pestilential. * * * pes·tif·er·ous pes tif (ə )rəs adj 1) carrying or propagating infection: PESTILENTIAL <a pestiferous insect> 2) infected with a pestilential disease * * * pes·tif·er·ous (pes tifґər əs) [pestis + ferous]… …   Medical dictionary

  • pestiferous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pestifer pestilential, noxious, from pestis + fer ferous Date: 15th century 1. dangerous to society ; pernicious 2. a. carrying or propagating infection ; pestilential b. infected with a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pestiferous — pestiferously, adv. pestiferousness, n. /pe stif euhr euhs/, adj. 1. bringing or bearing disease. 2. pestilential. 3. pernicious; evil. 4. Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying. [1425 75; late ME < L pestiferus plague bringing, equiv. to …   Universalium

  • Pestiferous — mischievous, troublesome, or annoying …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • pestiferous — Australian Slang mischievous, troublesome, or annoying …   English dialects glossary

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