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a pestilent beast kept on domestic premises to insult
This pestilent wizard (in whom his just punishment seemed to have wrought no manner of amendment) had an inveterate habit of haunting a certain mansion, styled the House of the Seven Gables, against the owner of which he pretended to hold an unsettled claim for ground-rent.
That, perhaps, in short, this Prerogative Office of the diocese of Canterbury was altogether such a pestilent job, and such a pernicious absurdity, that but for its being squeezed away in a corner of St.
From the pestilent charnel holds of slavers to plantation huts to chain gangs to the modern penitentiary.
The ancient edifice teems with fungi; it is overspread with "a pestilent and mystic vapor" (400); "ebon blackness" goes from being a decorative marker of wealth (as in the rich ebony flooring in the passage above) to a marker of biological danger.
We might not have expected the saintly More or the author of Utopia to say that "Martin Luther is an ape, an arse, a drunkard, a lousy little friar, a pestilent baboon, a dishonest liar" as well as a "shit-devil (`cacodemon')" (226).
The long hours spent in a pestilent courtroom were extremely punishing for a man suffering badly from the gout.
There could be little doubt who was worse or where corruption really lay, and Buchanan ended his poem by calling on both the bowels of the earth and the heavens to issue forth fire upon the pestilent Portuguese colonists and destroy them.
Among the many myths belied by the facts (myths shared by many Victorians) is the vision of the Victorian city as a hell-hole of degradation and iniquity--filthy, pestilent, home to every vice and disease, destructive of all traditional authority, conducive to anomie" and "alienation.
Sophisticated and affluent, well-dressed and sporting sunglasses, he is out of place among the squalor of crowded houses, dirty and pestilent streets, and clothes mended so often they seem only a structure to hold together their patches.
It was, after all, a tropical import; it was also, as Coleridge argued, useless--a superfluity rather than a food, an additive rather than something sustaining, enjoyed in periods of leisure, such as the work break or, less innocently, enjoyed at the feminine, gossippy, trivial tea-table--diverting "the pains of Vacancy by the pestilent inventions of Luxury" (LST, 236).
King, "Guides to Reading Foxe's Book of Martyrs"; Christopher Highley, "'A Pestilent and Seditious Book': Nicholas Sander's Schismatis Anglicani and Catholic Histories of the Reformation"; Richard Dutton, "'Methinks the truth should live from age to age': The Dating and Contexts of Henry V"; Ian W.