What does the word pestilent mean?

Usage examples for pestilent

  1. You've met this pestilent pedagogue before, I think." – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  2. As to you, priests, who know so well how to burn, torture and imprison; you who drink, with hyena- like delight, in the cup of your deceit, the blood of the liberators; we pardon you, and, together with you, that butcher soldiery, the pestilent scum of a faithless faction. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  3. I called again, but no one came, and presently I quit and lay with the burning eye of the sun in my face and that pestilent buzz of flies in my ears, and my weakness and pain so increasing upon my consciousness, that I heeded them not so much. – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins