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per·ni·cious

 (pər-nĭsh′əs)
adj.
1. Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly: a pernicious virus.
2. Causing great harm; destructive: pernicious rumors.

[Middle English, from Old French pernicios, from Latin perniciōsus, from perniciēs, destruction : per-, per- + nex, nec-, violent death; see nek- in Indo-European roots.]

per·ni′cious·ly adv.
per·ni′cious·ness n.

pernicious

(pəˈnɪʃəs)
adj
1. wicked or malicious: pernicious lies.
2. causing grave harm; deadly
[C16: from Latin perniciōsus, from perniciēs ruin, from per- (intensive) + nex death]
perˈniciously adv
perˈniciousness n

per•ni•cious

(pərˈnɪʃ əs)

adj.
1. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous: a pernicious lie.
2. Obs. evil; wicked.
[1515–25; < Latin perniciōsus ruinous =pernici(ēs) ruin (per- per- + -nici-, comb. form of nex death, murder (s. nec-) + -iēs n. suffix) + -ōsus -ous]
per•ni′cious•ly, adv.
per•ni′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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Adj.1.pernicious - exceedingly harmfulpernicious - exceedingly harmful      
noxious - injurious to physical or mental health; "noxious chemical wastes"; "noxious ideas"
2.pernicious - working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"

pernicious

pernicious

adjective
1. Extremely destructive or harmful:
2. Having the capability or effect of damaging irreparably:
Translations

pernicious

[pɜːˈnɪʃəs]
A. ADJ
1. [idea, influence] → pernicioso
the pernicious custom ofla perniciosa or funesta costumbre de ...
2. (Med) → pernicioso
B. CPD pernicious anaemia Nanemia f perniciosa

pernicious

[pərˈnɪʃəs] adj [influence, effect] → pernicieux/euse

pernicious

adjschädlich; (Med) → perniziös, bösartig

pernicious

[pɜːˈnɪʃəs] adjnocivo/a, dannoso/a (Med) → pernicioso/a

per·ni·ci·ous

a. pernicioso-a, nocivo-a, destructivo-a.
References in classic literature ?
In the nature of the case, it must be in the highest degree pernicious.
That, the proof would go back five years, and would show the prisoner already engaged in these pernicious missions, within a few weeks before the date of the very first action fought between the British troops and the Americans.
That, perhaps, in short, this Prerogative Office of the diocese of Canterbury was altogether such a pestilent job, and such a pernicious absurdity, that but for its being squeezed away in a corner of St.
Hereupon, a choleric gentleman, who had taken the fourth place on that seat, flew into a most violent passion, and said that it was a breach of contract to mix him up with such villainous company, and that it was poisonous and pernicious and infamous and shameful, and I don't know what else.
Leader of those Armies bright, Which but th' Omnipotent none could have foyld, If once they hear that voyce, their liveliest pledge Of hope in fears and dangers, heard so oft In worst extreams, and on the perilous edge Of battel when it rag'd, in all assaults Their surest signal, they will soon resume New courage and revive, though now they lye Groveling and prostrate on yon Lake of Fire, As we erewhile, astounded and amaz'd, No wonder, fall'n such a pernicious highth.
But by what I have gathered from your own relation, and the answers I have with much pains wrung and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.
We had not gone far before we were surrounded by a troop of robbers, with whom, by the interest of some of the natives who had joined themselves to our caravan, we came to a composition, giving them part of our goods to permit us to carry away the rest; and after this troublesome adventure arrived at a place something more commodious than that which we had quitted, where we met with bread, but of so pernicious a quality that, after having ate it, we were intoxicated to so great a degree that one of my friends, seeing me so disordered, congratulated my good fortune of having met with such good wine, and was surprised when I gave him an account of the whole affair.
Within two years after their landing, they beheld a rival settlement attempted in their immediate neighborhood; and not long after, the laws of self- preservation compelled them to break up a nest of revellers, who boasted of protection from the mother country, and who had recurred to the easy but pernicious resource of feeding their wanton idleness, by furnishing the savages with the means, the skill, and the instruments of European destruction.
Senor," replied Sancho, "let your worship send all such oaths to the devil, for they are very pernicious to salvation and prejudicial to the conscience; just tell me now, if for several days to come we fall in with no man armed with a helmet, what are we to do?
From the view they have exhibited of this part of the subject, this conclusion is to be drawn, that America, if not connected at all, or only by the feeble tie of a simple league, offensive and defensive, would, by the operation of such jarring alliances, be gradually entangled in all the pernicious labyrinths of European politics and wars; and by the destructive contentions of the parts into which she was divided, would be likely to become a prey to the artifices and machinations of powers equally the enemies of them all.
Hence, a very pernicious encouragement is given to the use of unlawful means, for obtaining irregular returns.
Mademoiselle Cormon, feeling the necessity of maintaining it against her own ducks, attempted to defend du Bousquier, who was being represented as a pernicious fomenter of intrigues, capable of any trickery.