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Pronunciation:  pe'stifurus

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  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"

PESTIFEROUS is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: annoying, bothersome, disagreeable, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, plaguey, plaguy, teasing, vexatious, vexing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.'' --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.

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