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It was long before I cured myself of so pestilent a habit; and I am not yet so perfectly well of it that I could be safely trusted with a fascinating book and a submissive listener.
A few moments afterwards the other boys saw Hook in the water striking wildly for the ship; no elation on the pestilent face now, only white fear, for the crocodile was in dogged pursuit of him.
a pestilent beast kept on domestic premises to insult
Life has become a hell for me, a pestilent, militant hell
The latter character carried it hollow at this period of the voyage, and triumphed over the Sanguine One at every meal, by inquiring where he supposed the Great Western (which left New York a week after us) was NOW: and where he supposed the 'Cunard' steam-packet was NOW: and what he thought of sailing vessels, as compared with steamships NOW: and so beset his life with pestilent attacks of that kind, that he too was obliged to affect despondency, for very peace and quietude.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 refugees (estimates vary and the fluid population is hard to count), live in this lawless, pestilent slum.
The disdain for both the 'copying' of traditional architecture (and most of all the pestilent misery of masonry, especially brick) coexists with equal scorn for the 'functional style'.
But then he tried to sneak back into Britain, much as a pestilent rat might seek warmth, safety and comfort in an insecure house.
His daughters Marianne and Elinor, as well as their sister and mother, are sent to Pestilent Island, where familiar characters, but rather unfamiliar and gruesome adventures, await.
In comparison with these beautiful birds and butterflies, the fly is annoying, dirty, pestilent, contaminating.
We have quite removed from men's minds what that pestilent fellow Paul used to teach about food and other unessentials--namely, that the human without scruples should always give in to the human with scruples.
SANA'A, April 2--The Agriculture Office in Sa'ada distributed 1,200 hormonal traps and 220 liters of legal pesticides to fight the tuta absoluta, a pestilent moth that has destroyed much of the governorate's tomato harvest.