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verminous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj verminous of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Verminous Caused by, or arising from the presence of, vermin; as, verminous disease.
    • Verminous Tending to breed vermin; infested by vermin. "Some . . . verminous disposition of the body."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • verminous Tending to verminate, or breed vermin; affected with vermination; infested with parasitic vermin: as, verminous carrion.
    • verminous Due to the presence of vermin; caused by vermin: as, verminous ulcers. See phthiriasis.
    • verminous Of the nature of or consisting of vermin; like vermin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Verminous infested with worms: like vermin
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Quotations

  • Edwin Markham
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    “I fear the vermin that shall undermineSenate and citadel and school and shrine.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. verminosus, fr. vermis, a worm: cf. F. vermineux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vermine—L. vermis, a worm.

Usage

In literature:

I am vermin, refuse, worse than a beggar, worse than a thief, worse than a murderer!
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
Men devoured such dead vermin as could be found lying in the streets.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
In England he was a noxious vermin, to be hunted with dogs.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
Rats and vermin of all sorts worked their way now in the underground portion of the building.
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
It is the trait of foxes, monkeys, crows, rats and other vermin.
"Caesar's Column" by Ignatius Donnelly
Say'st thou so, honest vermin!
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
You shall at last dry like dry leaves and hang Nailed like dead vermin to the doors of God.
"The Countess Cathleen" by William Butler Yeats
It is the small vermin and the little birds that are trapped at once.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
People are afraid of the mere name, though we rid the island of the vermin long ago.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
What they had taken for larks announcing the breaking of a brighter day turned out to be bats and similar vermin of the night.
"The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood The Autobiography Of Georg Ebers, Complete" by Georg Ebers
On deck amongst that vermin down there?
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
And according to that the gentleman has good reason to say he would rather be a labouring man than a king, if vermin are to eat him.
"The History of Don Quixote, Vol. II., Part 29" by Miguel de Cervantes
A prison in those days was a vile and slimy dark dungeon, alive with vermin of every description.
"Shireen and her Friends" by Gordon Stables
We were surrounded by vermin of all kinds.
"Natural and Artificial Duck Culture" by James Rankin
They were eating berries, roots, bark and vermin.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
What have I to do with vermin?
"The Curse of Koshiu" by Lewis Wingfield
Well, Riggleton is vermin, human vermin if you like, but still vermin, and he is not fit to live.
"The Everlasting Arms" by Joseph Hocking
In such wholesale, callous, purposeful fashion vermin only are exterminated.
"The Human Slaughter-House" by Wilhelm Lamszus
He is too lazy to clean up, if he had the chance, and harbors vermin as if he liked them.
"Tramping with Tramps" by Josiah Flynt
The coops must be closed at night, to keep vermin and cats (deadly poachers) from getting at them.
"Sporting Society, Vol. II (of 2)" by Various
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In poetry:

And that is why I never kill
A fly, no matter how obscene;
For I believe in God's good will:
He gave us vermin to make us clean.
"Flies" by Robert W Service
Yea,— the meanest thing that crawls,—
Vermin be it, if men will,—
As a marvel of deep skill
Is praised in the Celestial Halls!
"Beetles (A Few Verses, For Vernon Wollaston)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Let Flavia's eyes more deeply warm,
Nor thus your hearts determine,
To slight Dame Nature's fairest form,
And sigh for nature's vermin.
"To the Virtuosi" by William Shenstone
Dan Prior's mice, I own it,
Were vermin of condition;
But this rat, who merely learn'd
What rats alone concern'd,
Was the greater politician.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
To mould the walls, the frames they firmly tie;
The toiling builders beat the earth and lime.
The walls shall vermin, storm, and bird defy;--
Fit dwelling is it for his lordly prime.
"On The Completion Of A Royal Palace" by Confucius
So Gawain, looking at the villainy done,
Forbore, but in his heat and eagerness
Trembled and quivered, as the dog, withheld
A moment from the vermin that he sees
Before him, shivers, ere he springs and kills.
"Pelleas And Ettarre" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Tribe makes living capturing vermin for local farmers.
Fishermen consider the small shark, renowned for its stunning appetite, the vermin of the ocean.
Mice, crickets, snakes and other vermin seem to be shopping for vacancy in any home with heat and a hiding place.
This breed originated in Belgium and hunted vermin.
PepsiCo wins lawsuit by claiming that its soda turns vermin into goo.
Police Capt BD Patterson fist bumps with demonstrator Vermin Supreme during a protest march, Sunday, Sept 2, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. Demonstrators are protesting before the start of the Democratic National Convention.
' Vermin Supreme' at a Monday afternoon protest in Tampa.
' Vermin Supreme' of Baltimore, Maryland takes part in a protest in Tampa Monday.
'Olympic Vermin ': A Torch Relay for London's Squirrels, Pigeons, and Rats.
Tips On Feeding Maine's Vermin .
Tips to keep bugs and vermin out of your home.
Cats help take care of vermin around shopping center.
Presidential Candidate Vermin Supreme on Congress Ave. You just never know who you'll see walking around Austin during SXSW.
We found presidential candidate and pony purveyor Vermin Supreme wandering down (where else?
Vermin 's merch table includes.
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