Pestilence weed(Bot.), the butterbur coltsfoot so called because formerly considered a remedy for the plague. Dr. Prior.

(Pes"ti*lent) a. [L. pestilens, -entis, fr. pestis pest: cf. F. pestilent.] Pestilential; noxious; pernicious; mischievous. "Corrupt and pestilent." Milton. "What a pestilent knave is this same!" Shak.

(Pes`ti*len"tial) a. [Cf. F. pestilentiel.]

1. Having the nature or qualities of a pestilence. "Sends the pestilential vapors." Longfellow.

2. Hence: Mischievous; noxious; pernicious; morally destructive.

So pestilential, so infectious a thing is sin.
Jer. Taylor.

(Pes`ti*len"tial*ly), adv. Pestilently.

(Pes`ti*len"tious) a. Pestilential. [Obs.]

(Pes"ti*lent*ly) adv. In a pestilent manner; mischievously; destructively. "Above all measure pestilently noisome." Dr. H. More.

(Pes"ti*lent*ness), n. The quality of being pestilent.

(Pes`til*la"tion) n. [LL. pestillum, L. pistillum. See Pestle.] The act of pounding and bruising with a pestle in a mortar. Sir T. Browne.

(Pes"tle) n. [OE. pestel, OF. pestel, LL. pestellum, L. pistillum, pistillus, a pounder, pestle, fr. pisere, pinsere, to pound, crush, akin to Gr. Skr. pish. Cf. Pistil.]

1. An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.

2. A constable's or bailiff's staff; — so called from its shape. [Obs.] Chapman.

3. The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig; as, a pestle of pork.

(Pes*tif"er*ous) a. [L. pestiferus, pestifer; pestis pest + ferre to bear: cf. F. pestifère.]

1. Pest-bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious; as, pestiferous bodies. "Poor, pestiferous creatures begging alms." Evelyn. "Unwholesome and pestiferous occupations." Burke.

2. Noxious to peace, to morals, or to society; vicious; hurtful; destructive; as, a pestiferous demagogue.

Pestiferous reports of men very nobly held.

(Pes*tif"er*ous*ly), adv. In a pestiferuos manner.

(Pes"ti*lence) n. [F. pestilence, L. pestilentia. See Pestilent.]

1. Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating.

The pestilence That walketh in darkness.
Ps. xci. 6.

2. Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to the moral character of great numbers.

I'll pour this pestilence into his ear.

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