What does pernicious mean?

Definitions for perniciouspərˈnɪʃ əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pernicious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baneful, deadly, pernicious, pestilent(adj)

    exceedingly harmful

  2. insidious, pernicious, subtle(adj)

    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

    "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"

Wiktionary

  1. pernicious(Adjective)

    Causing much harm in a subtle way.

  2. pernicious(Adjective)

    Causing death or injury; deadly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pernicious(adj)

    quick; swift (to burn)

  2. Pernicious(adj)

    having the quality of injuring or killing; destructive; very mischievous; baleful; malicious; wicked

  3. Origin: [L. pernix, -icis.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pernicious

    per-nish′us, adj. killing utterly: hurtful: destructive: highly injurious.—adv. Perni′ciously.—n. Perni′ciousness. [Fr.,—L. perniciosusper, completely, nex, necis, death by violence.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pernicious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pernicious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

  2. Tom Cardamone:

    This study highlights that illicit financial flows are pervasive and pernicious in the developing world.

  3. Edward Dahlberg:

    The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent.

  4. Andre Gide:

    Know thyself? A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.

  5. The Russian foreign ministry:

    In our view, the United States and other NATO members should have long abandoned the pernicious one-sided steps in the missile defence field. They wouldn't have to worry about the consequences then.

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Translations for pernicious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • пагубен, гибеленBulgarian
  • verderblich, schädlich, perniziös, tödlich, bösartigGerman
  • θανατηφόρος, ολέθριοςGreek
  • perniciosoSpanish
  • haitallinen, tappava, tuhoisa, turmiollinenFinnish
  • nocif, dangereux, délétère, pernicieux, malsain, nuisibleFrench
  • sgriosailScottish Gaelic
  • jahatIndonesian
  • perniciosoItalian
  • погубенMacedonian
  • schadelijk, destructief, dodelijkDutch
  • zgubny, groźny, szkodliwyPolish
  • vătămător, dăunător, perniciosRomanian
  • пагубный, гибельный, вредный, тлетворныйRussian
  • muzır, pernisiyöz, zararlı, ölümcül, habisTurkish

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