Sunday, February 04, 2001
Definitions for pernicious
- Highly injurious; deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.
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Citations for pernicious
Half-truths can be more pernicious than outright falsehoods.
But he said they were not thinkers but snobs, and their influence was pernicious.
Origin of pernicious
Pernicious comes from Latin perniciosus, "destructive, ruinous," from pernicies, "destruction, disaster, ruin," from per-, "through, thoroughly" + nex, nec-, "violent death."