Definition of pestilential in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpestəˈlen(t)SH(ə)l/


0.1Relating to or tending to cause infectious diseases: you shouldn’t be out on a pestilential night like this
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  • If there is a powder-like whitish coating covering the tongue surface, it is caused by the internal accumulation of summer-humid heat and is usually seen at the onset of pestilential diseases.
  • Who can wonder that pestilential disease should originate and spread in such situations?
  • Her mixture burned the pestilential corpses that threatened the defenders and her illuminations at night thwarted Vandal attacks.
0.2(Of a plant or animal) very widespread and troublesome: a pestilential weed the tsetse flies that are so pestilential in tropical Africa
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  • It has rid us of a pestilential politics based on religious hatred and elitist contempt for the poor.
  • Their reputation was pestilential, and the greatest care was taken to leave them alone.
0.3 informal Annoying: what a pestilential man!
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  • Most times, apart from the pestilential traffic lights, there is hardly a vehicle to be seen, but it is still costing £200,000 as a temporary measure’.
  • It is a pestilential bureaucracy, which attempts to micro-manage higher and school education.
  • It must be realised that the developers who are trying to spoil our town rely on people thinking that they have already objected to their pestilential schemes and don't have to do so again. But this is not so.



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  • They ended the day by marching to the almost pestilentially polluted Cuyahoga River.
  • Yet for all the growing body of evidence of its impact, soot remains a pestilentially difficult substance to study.

Words that rhyme with pestilential

cadential, confidential, consequential, credential, deferential, differential, essential, evidential, existential, experiential, exponential, influential, intelligential, irreverential, jurisprudential, penitential, potential, preferential, presidential, providential, prudential, quintessential, referential, residential, reverential, sapiential, sciential, sentential, sequential, tangential, torrential

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Syllabification: pes·ti·len·tial

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