Origin of pernicious
Examples from the Web for pernicious
Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer|Tim Teeman|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I spoke to my students about mobilizing against this pernicious threat to our civilization.
The nature of the harm allegedly caused by Goddard was “subtle, imperceptible and pernicious.”Exclusive: Bryan Singer Faces New Teen Sex Assault Lawsuit|Tim Teeman|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“There is a pernicious effect of money on the legislative process,” he argued.
The biggest problem is not that such unfounded theories are ludicrous but that they are pernicious.Who Really Killed JFK? Experts Pick the Wildest Conspiracy Theories|Thomas Flynn|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It takes at least two generations to outgrow the pernicious influence of such circumstances.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
In Spain there is not the pernicious system of dowries; as a rule it is personal attraction that wins a husband.Heroic Spain|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
Well, the result of my inquiries has been to find out that this worthy person is a heretic of the most pernicious sort.Lysbeth|H. Rider Haggard
Cares are often caused by women; pernicious they become, although the mighty God them pure created.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson|Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
In 1864 Pius IX issued his famous encyclical, in which he boldly condemned the "pernicious" doctrine of the rights of man.The Church In Politics--Americans Beware!|M. M. Mangasarian
British Dictionary definitions for pernicious
Word Origin for pernicious
Word Origin and History for pernicious
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.