The biggest problem is not that such unfounded theories are ludicrous but that they are pernicious.
Dictators are merely misunderstood, and higher living standards are a symptom of pernicious influences like "westernization".
So, the (statistically insignificant) series of effects here is ironic and pernicious.
Focusing on the real game is a smart approach, because the expectations market can create a pernicious trap.
Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life.
In almost every phase of life, this doctrine of political altruists is equally impracticable and pernicious.
Every one is now convinced of the pernicious effects of gambling.
It is asserted by all the chroniclers that the influence of the League (Ligue) was most pernicious.
He thought "such a system would be wrong and pernicious in the extreme."
False doctrine, if it be in weighty, practical points, is the pernicious plague of souls and nations.
early 15c., from Middle French pernicios (13c., Modern French pernicieux) and directly from Latin perniciosus "destructive," from pernicies "destruction, death, ruin," from per- "completely" (see per) + necis "violent death, murder," related to necare "to kill," nocere "to hurt, injure, harm," noxa "harm, injury" (see noxious). Related: Perniciously; perniciousness.
pernicious per·ni·cious (pər-nĭsh'əs)
Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly.