Meaning of pestilentious in English:


Pronunciation /?p?st??l?n??s/


  • Carrying, producing, or tending to produce pestilence; of the nature of or relating to pestilence; destructive to life or health; deadly.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Prose Life Alexander. From Middle French pestilencieux, pestillencieux, pestilentieux (French pestilentieux) corrupting, pernicious, contagious, of or relating to pestilence, catastrophic and its etymon post-classical Latin pestilentiosus destructive to life or health (3rd century), pernicious, evil (Vetus Latina) from classical Latin pestilentia + -ōsus. Compare Spanish pestilencioso, Italian pestilenzioso.