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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.
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Adv.1.perniciously - in a harmfully insidious manner; "these drugs act insidiously"
2.perniciously - in a noxiously baneful way; "this banefully poisoned climate"


[pɜːˈnɪʃəslɪ] ADVperniciosamente
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It isn't only the high-level drivel being inflicted on a gullible public, even more perniciously it even extends to the language itself.
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However, the position and identity of the slave remains unchanged; dispossession and anonymity still pervade (and perniciously silence) the slave's reality.
More perniciously, we also found evidence that the regulations themselves were in fact being adjusted in function of personal interests and corruption.
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Reflecting a Rousseauian conception of love as perniciously possessive, he reports that his observations of the De Lacey family "rather increased than satisfied the desire I had of becoming one of my fellows" (90).
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