pes·tif·er·ous /pɛsˈtɪf(ə)rəs/ 形容詞
1. Pest-bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious; as, pestiferous bodies. “Poor, pestiferous creatures begging alms.” --Evelyn. “Unwholesome and pestiferous occupations.” --Burke.
2. Noxious to peace, to morals, or to society; vicious; hurtful; destructive; as, a pestiferous demagogue.
Pestiferous reports of men very nobly held. --Shak.
adj 1: contaminated with infecting organisms; "dirty wounds";
"obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen [syn:
contaminated, dirty, infected]
2: likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease; "a
pestilential malignancy in the air"- Jonathan Swift;
"plaguey fevers" [syn: pestilent, pestilential, plaguey]
3: tending to corrupt or pervert [syn: corruptive, perversive]
4: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm
on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is
particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it
galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay";
"nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of
pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a
teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious
child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
[syn: annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome,
pesky, pestering, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious,