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pərˈnɪʃ əsper·ni·cious

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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perniciousadjective

    quick; swift (to burn)

    Etymology: [L. pernix, -icis.]

  2. Perniciousadjective

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

    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. Paul Kirk:

    The unlimited amounts of money flooding our political system from a narrow and immensely wealthy slice of American society is the most pernicious internal peril threatening the fundamental tenets of economic, political, moral and social justice and, not least, the fairness and vibrancy of our representative democracy.

  2. David Asher:

    The coverup continues via refusal to allow WHO access, accept CDC offers to assist, and simply tell the truth of this pandemic’s endemic dangerous, incessant and pernicious injurious traits, which has caused huge injury to the American people and citizens of the world, Chinese citizens included, does anyone sane doubt that?

  3. 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.

  4. Security Center Bill Evanina:

    When the Biden administration steps in on Day One, they will have an optic of how pernicious and sophisticated the threat — not only from the Chinese Communist Party, but from Russia, Iran, and others, and they will have a head start in trying to find the correct avenues to pivot and understand the threat, and find creative ways to mitigate the threat.

  5. Alexander Herzen:

    All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former -- of the corruption of the will.

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

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    • A. appellative
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    • C. ravening
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