Infectious

Definition of Infectious

In`fec´tious
a.1.
1.Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic; as, an infectious fever; infectious clothing; infectious water; infectious vices.
Where the infectious pestilence.
- Shak.
2.Corrupting, or tending to corrupt or contaminate; vitiating; demoralizing.
It [the court] is necessary for the polishing of manners . . . but it is infectious even to the best morals to live always in it.
- Dryden.
3.(Law) Contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure and forfeiture.
Contraband articles are said to be of an infectious nature.
- Kent.
4.Capable of being easily diffused or spread; sympathetic; readily communicated; as, infectious mirth.
The laughter was so genuine as to be infectious.
- W. Black.

Related Words

deadly, destructive, endemic, envenomed, epidemial, epidemic, epiphytotic, epizootic, infective, inoculable, irresistible, malign, malignant, mephitic, miasmal, miasmatic, miasmic, noxious, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilent, poisonous, sporadic, spreading, sympathetic, taking, toxic, toxicant, toxiferous, transmissible, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, zymotic
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