Origin of pernicious
Examples from the Web for perniciously
Not long ago, polite society had only begun to tolerate slamming the Electoral College as a perniciously quaint old institution.
He did both these things, poor man, for it was his rôle in life always to say and do the perniciously obvious.The Halo|Bettina von Hutten
In these matters his aims were generous, if his methods were perniciously mistaken.Shelley|Francis Thompson
These two things mutually and perniciously complete and assist each other.Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)|Alexis de Toqueville
He wore outside a dogged look, as if fighting against some inward feeling; he entered looking down most perniciously at the floor.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Certain physiological processes come to have for him an unclean flavour which is yet perniciously attractive.The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
British Dictionary definitions for perniciously
Word Origin for pernicious
Word Origin and History for perniciously
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.