Definition of Pestilential

1. Adjective. Likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease. "Plaguey fevers"

Exact synonyms: Pestiferous, Pestilent, Plaguey
Similar to: Epidemic
Derivative terms: Pestilence, Pestilence, Plague

Definition of Pestilential

1. a. Having the nature or qualities of a pestilence.

Definition of Pestilential

1. Adjective. Producing pestilence or plague; pestilent ¹

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Definition of Pestilential

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Pestilential

1. Relating to or tending to produce a pestilence. Synonym: pestiferous. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pestilential

pesticide poisoning
pesticide residues
pesticide synergists
pestilential (current term)
pestis ambulans
pestis bubonica
pestis fulminans
pestis major
pestis minor
pestis siderans
pestivirus infections

Literary usage of Pestilential

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order ; with Copious by George Crabb (1883)
"We endeavor to shun a contagious disorder, that it may not come near us ; we endeavor to purify a pestilential air, that it may not be inhaled to our injury ..."

2. John Haygarth, FRS (1740-1827): A Physician of the Enlightenment by Christopher Charles Booth (2005)
"He had been aware of the disastrous epidemics of pestilential (or yellow) fever that had occurred in Philadelphia, most notably in 1793. ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1849)
"I.—A brief Account of the Origin, Progress, Symptoms, Mortality, and Treatment of pestilential Cholera, as it occurred in the ..."

4. Collections by Minisink Valley Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Society (1848)
"The small-pox among the Indians ; pestilential fever at Plymouth; with other occurrences worthy to be observed, from the year 1630 to 1636. ..."

5. A Treatise on Febrile Diseases: Including Intermitting, Remitting, and by Alexander Philips Wilson Philip (1800)
"I. Of pestilential Eruptions. l. OF pestilential Buboes. A pestilential bubo at its commencement is a small, hard, round tumor, readily perceptible to the ..."

6. Dansk-norsk-engelsk Ordbog by Johannes Magnussen (1902)
"-smitte contagion of the plague, -stank pestilential stench, -til- faide case of ... Pest [c] plague, pest, pestilence, -agtig [a] pestilent, pestilential, ..."

7. A General History of New England, from the Discovery to MDCLXXX. by William Hubbard (1848)
"IN the year 1633 it pleased God to visit the Colony of Plymouth with a pestilential fever, whereof many died, upwards of twenty, men, women, and children, ..."

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