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It extinguishes every dirty spark of malice and envy, which are but too apt to infest me.

Insects do not seem to infest it as they do the ostreatus and the sapidus.

They infest desert places, and are nocturnal in their habits.

From them have come the many species of shark that now infest our ocean.

Other species eat most of the scales which infest fruit and forest trees.

Others are getting the worms and insects that infest the trees.

Also, the large maggots with black heads that infest biscuit.

You are too green to cope with the sharpers that infest those boats.

A load of miscreants from goodness knows where, who infest me with vermin.

I was struck by the immense number of alligators which infest the river.

WORD 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.

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