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Definitions for pernicious
pərˈnɪʃ əsper·ni·cious

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pernicious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baneful, deadly, pernicious, pestilentadjective

    exceedingly harmful

  2. insidious, pernicious, subtleadjective

    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

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


  1. perniciousadjective

    Causing much harm in a subtle way.

  2. perniciousadjective

    Causing death or injury; deadly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PERNICIOUSadjective

    Etymology: perniciosus, Lat. pernicieux, Fr.

    To remove all out of the church, whereat they shew themselves to be sorrowful, would be, as we are persuaded, hurtful, if not pernicious thereunto. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 10.

    I call you servile ministers,
    That have with two pernicious daughters join’d
    Your high engender’d battles, ’gainst a head
    So old and white as this. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Let this pernicious hour
    Stand ay accursed in the kalendar! William Shakespeare.

    Part incentive reed
    Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire. John Milton.


  1. Pernicious

    Pernicious is a Thai-American supernatural horror film directed by James Cullen Bressack, who also wrote the story along with co-writer Taryn Hillin. The film stars Ciara Hanna, Emily O'Brien, and Jackie Moore.


  1. pernicious

    Pernicious generally refers to something that is extremely harmful, destructive, or deadly in a subtle or gradual way. It can pertain to actions, behaviors, diseases, or ideas that might not seem dangerous at the start but can cause serious damage over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perniciousadjective

    quick; swift (to burn)

  2. Perniciousadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pernicious

    very dangerous or harmful, especially to someone’s moral character; highly injurious or destructive : DEADLY; adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, hurtful,ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, prejudicial, wicked;having a very harmful effect or influence:offensive,fatal,toxic,poisonous,malicious,malign,malignant,malevolent,venomous,causing insidious harm or ruin;hurtful,ruinous,noisome,maleficent,in the sense of bad,sharmful,disastrous,unhealthy,disadvantageous,in the sense of baleful,menacing, or vindictive,threatening,frightening,forbidding,intimidating,sinister,ominous,pernicious (formal),intimidatory,minatory,bodeful,louring or lowering,minacious,in the sense of baneful,calamitous;Extremely destructive or harmful:pestilent, pestilential, virulent.Having the capability or effect of damaging irreparably:destructive, ruinous. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way:insidious,

    Since every big chipmaker uses someAmerican tools,the effectis to freeze Huawei out completely. The Chinese giant denounced a “pernicious” decision that “threatens to undermine the entire industry worldwide”

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  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

Examples of pernicious in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Lisa Maatz:

    The wage gap is a persistent, pernicious problem, and it has been around for awhile, we still have a lot to do to change it, but this is an excellent step forward.

  3. Cybersecurity Eric Goldstein:

    There has been some discussion that perhaps this actor tries to refrain from attacking hospitals, schools and the like. But certainly, they're seen as a pernicious ransomware group that has caused significant harm to its victims, both in the Cybersecurity Eric Goldstein and elsewhere.

  4. 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.

  5. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro:

    (That was) a grave diplomatic mistake. Exxon Mobil is behind all this, i hope... the Guyanese president can reflect and take the necessary steps for a process of dialogue and abandon grandiloquent discourse and stop listening to the bad, pernicious and wrong advice from Exxon Mobil and the officials it has bought.

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Translations for pernicious

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  • гибелен, пагубенBulgarian
  • bösartig, perniziös, schädlich, tödlich, verderblichGerman
  • θανατηφόρος, ολέθριοςGreek
  • perniciosoSpanish
  • tuhoisa, haitallinen, turmiollinen, tappavaFinnish
  • malsain, nuisible, dangereux, pernicieux, nocif, délétèreFrench
  • sgriosailScottish Gaelic
  • हानिकारकHindi
  • jahatIndonesian
  • perniciosoItalian
  • 有害なJapanese
  • погубенMacedonian
  • schadelijk, dodelijk, destructiefDutch
  • zgubny, szkodliwy, groźnyPolish
  • dăunător, vătămător, perniciosRomanian
  • вредный, пагубный, гибельный, тлетворныйRussian
  • muzır, ölümcül, zararlı, habis, pernisiyözTurkish

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    A investigating
    B suffering
    C empire
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