Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life.
Dictators are merely misunderstood, and higher living standards are a symptom of pernicious influences like "westernization".
Focusing on the real game is a smart approach, because the expectations market can create a pernicious trap.
Opening up such opportunities closes the pernicious gender gap in education, suggests Isobel Coleman.
It will take an outsider to untangle the pernicious insiders' club that Berlusconi created in the Italian government.
In almost every phase of life, this doctrine of political altruists is equally impracticable and pernicious.
All books which meddle with the faith are condemnable and pernicious.
It is asserted by all the chroniclers that the influence of the League (Ligue) was most pernicious.
But human society has guided them into false and pernicious ways.
False doctrine, if it be in weighty, practical points, is the pernicious plague of souls and nations.
early 15c., from Middle French pernicios (13c., Modern French pernicieux) and directly from Latin perniciosus "destructive," from pernicies "destruction, death, ruin," from per- "completely" (see per) + necis "violent death, murder," related to necare "to kill," nocere "to hurt, injure, harm," noxa "harm, injury" (see noxious). Related: Perniciously; perniciousness.
pernicious per·ni·cious (pər-nĭsh'əs)
Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly.