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Monday, May 18, 2009

Definitions for pernicious

  1. Highly injurious; deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.

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Citations for pernicious
Half-truths can be more pernicious than outright falsehoods. Wendy Lesser, New York Times
But he said they were not thinkers but snobs, and their influence was pernicious. Saul Bellow, Ravelstein
Origin of pernicious
Pernicious comes from Latin perniciosus, "destructive, ruinous," from pernicies, "destruction, disaster, ruin," from per-, "through, thoroughly" + nex, nec-, "violent death."
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