Complete Definition of "pernicious"

English

Etymology
From ME., from OF. pernicios, from L. perniciosus, from pernicies, âdestructionâ.

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-pernicious.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|ɪÊÉs

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Causing death or injury; deadly.
  2. Causing much harm in a subtle way.

#*1911, w:Emma Goldman|Emma Goldman, s:Anarchism and Other Essays/7|The Hypocrisy of Puritanism,
#*: Puritanism no longer employs the thumbscrew and lash; but it still has a most pernicious hold on the minds and feelings of the American people.

Related terms
pernicious anaemia

Translations
trans-top|causing death or injury
Dutch: t|nl|dodelijk, t|nl|schadelijk
Finnish: t-|fi|tappava
trans-mid
French: t-|fr|nocif, t-|fr|délétère, t+|fr|nuisible, t+|fr|dangereux
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trans-top|causing much harm
Dutch: t|nl|schadelijk, t|nl|destructief
Finnish: turmiollinen, haitallinen, tuhoisa
trans-mid
French: t-|fr|nocif, t-|fr|malsain, t-|fr|pernicieux
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