Pestiferous Pes*tif"er*ous, a. [L. pestiferus, pestifer; pestis pest + ferre to bear: cf. F. pestif[`e]re.] 1. Pest-bearing; pestilential; noxious to health; malignant; infectious; contagious; as, pestiferous bodies. ``Poor, pestiferous creatures begging alms.'' --Evelyn. ``Unwholesome and pestiferous occupations.'' --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Noxious to peace, to morals, or to society; vicious; hurtful; destructive; as, a pestiferous demagogue. [1913 Webster]

Pestiferous reports of men very nobly held. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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