KJV Dictionary Definition: pestilent


PEST'ILENT, a. L. pestilens, from pestis, plague.

1. Producing the plague, or other malignant, contagious disease; noxious to health and life; as a pestilent air or climate.

2. Mischievous; noxious to morals or society; destructive; in a general sense; as pestilent books.

3. Troublesome; mischievous; making disturbance; corrupt; as a pestilent fellow. Acts.24.


PEST'ILENTLY, adv. Mischievously; destructively.


PESTILLA'TION, n. from L. pistillum; Eng. pestle.

The act of pounding and bruising in a mortar. Little used.