Synonyms for infest

Grammar : Adj
Spell : in-fest
Phonetic Transcription : ɪnˈfɛst

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Définition of infest

Origin :
  • late 15c., "to attack, assail, hurt, distress, annoy," from Middle French infester, from Latin infestare "to attack, disturb, trouble," from infestus "hostile, dangerous," originally "inexorable, not able to be handled," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + -festus "(able to be) seized." Sense of "swarm over in large numbers" first recorded c.1600. Related: Infested; infesting.
  • adj flood, overrun
Example sentences :
  • It extinguishes every dirty spark of malice and envy, which are but too apt to infest me.
  • Extract from : « The Letters of Robert Burns » by Robert Burns
  • Insects do not seem to infest it as they do the ostreatus and the sapidus.
  • Extract from : « The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise » by M. E. Hard
  • They infest desert places, and are nocturnal in their habits.
  • Extract from : « History of Religion » by Allan Menzies
  • From them have come the many species of shark that now infest our ocean.
  • Extract from : « Unwritten Literature of Hawaii » by Nathaniel Bright Emerson
  • Other species eat most of the scales which infest fruit and forest trees.
  • Extract from : « Checking the Waste » by Mary Huston Gregory
  • Others are getting the worms and insects that infest the trees.
  • Extract from : « Conservation Reader » by Harold W. Fairbanks
  • Also, the large maggots with black heads that infest biscuit.
  • Extract from : « The Sailor's Word-Book » by William Henry Smyth
  • You are too green to cope with the sharpers that infest those boats.
  • Extract from : « Tom, The Bootblack » by Horatio Alger
  • A load of miscreants from goodness knows where, who infest me with vermin.
  • Extract from : « Tartarin de Tarascon » by Alphonse Daudet
  • I was struck by the immense number of alligators which infest the river.
  • Extract from : « Mark Seaworth » by William H.G. Kingston
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