• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pestilent likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease "a pestilential malignancy in the air"- Jonathan Swift","plaguey fevers"
    • adj pestilent exceedingly harmful
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Pestilent Pestilential; noxious; pernicious; mischievous. "Corrupt and pestilent .""What a pestilent knave is this same!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pestilent Producing or tending to produce infectious disease; pestilential; pestiferous.
    • pestilent Mischievous; noxious; pernicious; hurtful to health or morals.
    • pestilent Troublesome; mischievous; making mischief or disturbance: often used humorously: as, a pestilent fellow.
    • pestilent Excessively; intolerably. Compare pestilent, a., 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Pestilent producing pestilence: hurtful to health and life: mischievous: corrupt: troublesome
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  • William Blake
    “He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.”
  • William Blake
    “Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pestilens, -entis, fr. pestis, pest: cf. F. pestilent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. peste—L. pestis, a contagious disease.


In literature:

The fatal pestilence, already recorded, did not appear again after its severe visitation, which terminated in 667.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Apart from an occasional flood, drought, or pestilence, nothing breaks his laborious torpor.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Paradoxical as it may seem, neither voluntary restriction of births, nor famine, nor pestilence, nor war, has much effect in reducing numbers.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
Civil war is necessarily followed by the woes of famine, which woes are ever followed by the pestilence.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Pestilence comes marching hand in hand with war.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
You shall not be troubled with these pestilent witches much longer.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Noon was high over Ascalon and Pestilence was Caesar within its walls.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
Pestilence was added to the calamities which the besieged had to endure.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson
Should he accept it, or was it safer to ignore this pestilent disturber?
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Savoy was scourged by a fearful pestilence in the years 1598-1600.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds

In poetry:

Oh, that land of plague and pestilence
Where the natives die in shoals
And they have to vaccinate them
Till their torsos' filled with holes.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
They shall see Him when the lips of health,
Breath vigor through each nerve,
When pestilence clasps hands with death,
His purposes to serve.
"The Pure in Heart Shall See God" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
When Rome was rotten-ripe to her fall,
And the sceptre passed from her hand,
The pestilent Picts leaped over the wall
To harry the English land.
"The Pirates in England" by Rudyard Kipling
From pestilence, fire, flood, and sword
We have been spared by thy decree,
And now with humble hearts, O Lord,
We come to pay our thanks to thee.
"A Thanksgiving Poem" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The sword, the pestilence, or fire,
Shall but fulfil their best desire;
From sins and sorrows set them free,
And bring thy children, Lord, to thee.
"Psalm 91 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Quite elated appear, take enough of good cheer,
But more, like a pestilence, shun :
True bliss never think in meat, or in drink,
To find — but in Jesus alone.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Christopher Smith's 14th century period chiller, named for the continent-spanning pestilence that notoriously wiped out half of Europe, isn't exactly an upper.
Horror filmmaker Christopher Smith plays with the notion of necromancers and demons lurking within the pestilence, but winds up retreating into a kind of historical morality tale.
Pestilence, witches, necromancy — " Black Death " should be more fun than it is.
Pestilence, witches, necromancy — "Black Death" should be more fun than it is.
The ominous tone of the ads suggests Big Oil is as great a threat as war, pestilence, famine, and Kardashian reruns.
Peerlessly beautiful places that have been the scenes of, respectively, terrorist atrocity, civil strife and pestilence.
A crowd at a horror-movie premiere settles in for a tale of demons, disturbed from ancient slumber, transmitting infectious possession with their pestilent, snapping jaws.
IN THE BOOK of Revelation, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are Pestilence, War, Famine and Death.
Scanning the horizon for signs of the apocalypse, we don't see any plague, pestilence, or marks of the beast.
'I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next'.
Si Leis and 'Satanic Pestilence '.
Saturday Night Fever, Famine and Pestilence .
Famine, Pestilence, Destruction, and Earl Williams.
There's no troubles with pestilence or pirates.
When Peter Piper planted his peppers , he may have plotted a plan against pests and pestilence in one of these ways.