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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
3. Harming peace, morals, etc.
From Latin pestis (plague). Earliest documented use: 1613.
Here's a word that has a full range of meanings from merely annoying to deadly. But that's usually not a problem. In language, context is king.
"All the while, I stayed away from the pestilent Win8 and clunked along on my terminally-ill Pavilion laptop with Vista."
Darrell Norman; Cry for Help From Behind Enemy Lines; The Gadsden Times (Alabama); Sep 13, 2013.
"Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how I hate them!"
Albert Einstein; The World As I See It; 1949.
See more usage examples of pestilent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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