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- 1. dirty, pestiferous, septic (vs. antiseptic), infected
- usage: contaminated with infecting organisms; "dirty wounds"; "obliged to go into infected rooms"- Jane Austen
- 2. pestilent, pestilential, pestiferous, plaguey, epidemic (vs. endemic) (vs. ecdemic)
- usage: likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease; "a pestilential malignancy in the air"- Jonathan Swift; "plaguey fevers"
- 3. corruptive, perversive, pestiferous, evil (vs. good)
- usage: tending to corrupt or pervert
- 4. annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing, disagreeable (vs. agreeable)
- usage: causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
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See also: pestiferous (Dictionary)