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Definitions and Synonyms of pest | Another word for pest | What is pest?

Definition 1: any unwanted and destructive insect or other animal that attacks food or crops or livestock etc. - [noun denoting animal]

Samples where pest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he sprayed the garden to get rid of pests
  • many pests have developed resistance to the common pesticides

(pest is a kind of ...) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

(... is a kind of pest ) any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats

"cereals must be protected from mice and other vermin" "he examined the child's head for vermin" "boys in the village have probably been shooting vermin"

Definition 2: a persistently annoying person - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for pest in the sense of this definition

(pest is a kind of ...) someone who torments

(... is a kind of pest ) (Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest

Definition 3: any epidemic disease with a high death rate - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for pest in the sense of this definition

(pest is a kind of ...) any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people

Definition 4: a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for pest in the sense of this definition

(pest is a kind of ...) any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people

(... is a kind of pest ) the most common form of the plague in humans; characterized by chills, prostration, delirium and the formation of buboes in the armpits and groin; does not spread from person to person

(... is a kind of pest ) a rapidly progressive and frequently fatal form of the plague that can spread through the air from person to person; characterized by lung involvement with chill, bloody expectoration and high fever

(... is a kind of pest ) an especially dangerous and generally fatal form of the plague in which infecting organisms invade the bloodstream; does not spread from person to person

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