Contagious vs Pestilential - What's the difference?

contagious | pestilential |

As adjectives the difference between contagious and pestilential

is that contagious is of a disease, easily transmitted to others while pestilential is producing pestilence or plague; pestilent.



(en adjective)
  • Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
  • The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!
  • Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.
  • Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.
  • Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.
  • They were highly contagious , spreading bacteria to other people.


    * (of a disease) catching, infectious * infectious


    * non-contagious

    Derived terms

    * contagiousness * contagion




    (en adjective)
  • Producing pestilence or plague; pestilent.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1941 , author=Chapman Miske , title=The Thing in the Moonlight , passage=Casting my eyes about, I beheld no living object; but was sensible of a very peculiar stirring far below me, amongst the whispering rushes of the pestilential swamp I had lately quitted.}} ----