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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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The facts are easily verifiable, the public record voluminous and indisputable - if only this government official, her salary and the state resources at her command paid for by the people's money, had the basic integrity to Google history instead of using her official perch to propagandize falsely, perniciously.
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The word, which in English would be "swallowing up" or "devouring," resonates with the "swallowing up" of the Dutchman's vessel at the end of Der fliegende Hollander-the opera conceived at precisely the time, in the early 1840s, that Wagner came under the influence of the perniciously judeophobic Karl Gutzkow (1811-1878); and it suggests the autodejudaisation, or "self-de-Judification," that Wagner exhorts the Jews to undergo (p.
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