pest

Pest \Pest\, n. [L. pestis: cf. F. peste.] 1. A fatal epidemic disease; a pestilence; specif., the plague. [1913 Webster] England's sufferings by that scourge, the pest. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything which resembles a pest; one who, or that which, is troublesome, noxious, mischievous, or destructive; a nuisance. ``A pest and public enemy.'' --South. [1913 Webster]