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  • The debt grew insidiously—just a little at a time and always for a good purpose.
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • We’ve grown accustomed to spending more than we earn, but the increasing debt is an insidious problem.
  • This isn’t an obvious verbal message that we automatically dig in our heels against. It’s much more subtle and for that reason much more insidious, and that much harder to insulate ourselves against.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • "But the demons of the past," he continued, "were demons of fire and abomination . . . they were enemies we could fight-enemies who inspired fear. Yet Satan is shrewd. As time passed, he cast off his diabolical countenance for a new face . . . the face of pure reason. Transparent and insidious..."
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • The real secret was that communism crept into Kerala insidiously. As a reformist movement that never overtly questioned the traditional values...
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • [referring to radiation poisoning]  He could forget the insidious, the invisible, the implacable enemy, but not forever.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • I know I have changed too, the stubbornly growing paunch, the just-as-determined retreat of the hairline, but the decline of one’s own body is incremental, as nearly imperceptible as it is insidious.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • If a miner got into enough debt with a company store, the company stopped paying the miner with U.S. dollars and issued his pay in the form of scrip—company money good only in the company store. It was an insidious system.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The toxin does the deed insidiously, indirectly, by inhibiting an enzyme essential to glycoprotein metabolism.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • ...all the same she knew that she had come up against something that was both insidious and tough, and against which she needed allies.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India

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  • What ... did Morrie dread the most about his slow, insidious decay?
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • It’s an insidious plan, if I do say so myself.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • little by little, in her stealthy, insidious way
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The insidious revolt led by Buck had destroyed the solidarity of the team.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • There was scrub and long grass all about us, and I did not feel safe from their insidious approach.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • They were designed for winter wear, when treacherous drafts came down chimneys and insidious currents of deadly cold found their way through key-holes.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • How insidious he could be, too, I was only to find out several months later and a thousand miles farther.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • You were heavily and insidiously drugged.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • She waited while he completed his impassioned speech on the moral decline of the country, the insidious corruption that stemmed from promiscuity, conception control, genetic engineering.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • It was someone else, someone more insidious than Ras.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Break off insidious quarrels, and young and old, the Argives will respect you for it more.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But Max knew something insidious was at work—a fading within the mind.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I suspect Haymitch initially, but then there’s a more insidious fear that the Capitol may by monitoring and confining me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • It’s insidious.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "The Church may no longer employ crusaders to slaughter non-believers, but their influence is no less persuasive. No less insidious."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Now on the shore Eurylokhos made his insidious plea:
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It’s been an insidious progression, the criticisms of the U.S. Armed Forces from politicians and from the liberal media, which knows nothing of combat, nothing of our training, and nothing of the mortal dangers we face out there on the front line.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Heyward withdrew to the rampart, too uneasy and too little accustomed to the warfare of the woods to remain at ease under the possibility of such insidious attacks.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Henry Jekyll stood at times aghast before the acts of Edward Hyde; but the situation was apart from ordinary laws, and insidiously relaxed the grasp of conscience.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • They would see another lie, and one so richly irresistible-the idea that the human could live on after implantation-so tempting to believe from their perspective, so insidious, that they would believe I was a Seeker more surely than if I claimed it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I saw myself transforming like a werewolf, a mutant tag of DNA suddenly triggered, replicating itself insidiously into a syndrome, a cluster of telltale Chinese behaviors, all those things my mother did to embarrass me...
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Insidiously, and by remote ways, as well as by the power of stick and stone and clout of hand, were the shackles of White Fang’s bondage being riveted upon him.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Streets that follow like a tedious argument
    Of insidious intent
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • They’ve already been screened for anything insidious.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • But how could she have known, if she was not told, how to answer those veiled, insidious questions?
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • ...he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Streets that follow like a tedious argument
    Of insidious intent
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • My doubts rise insidiously from the soil of my mind like creeping, choking vines.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • What I should say is that I await the day when some vocal minority finally rises up to say it’s gone too far, and that this tool, which is far more insidious than any human invention that’s come before it, must be checked, regulated, turned back, and that, most of all, we need options for opting out.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • It’s the insidious, cruel paradox of lengthy sentences: for women doing seven, twelve, twenty years, the only way to survive was to accept prison as their universe.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • They fill us with insidious revisionist ideas.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Migrants who were seemingly coming to the United States to clean toilets and hammer nails were actually, from his perspective, hatching an insidious plot to recapture land Mexico lost during the 1846-48 Mexican-American War.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I had unwittingly created a new stereotype among the island people and it seemed insidiously pervasive among the parents.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A touch of hysteria almost perfectly pitched between grief and hilarity seized her as she pondered the irony of dying of such an insidious and inexplicable disease after all the other sicknesses she had survived and after all, in so many countless ways, she had seen and known and endured.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He found a sympathetic Rider, and there his insidious words took root.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The abrupt stillness seemed alien and artificial, a little insidious.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In Naoetsu’s little POW insurgency, perhaps the most insidious feat was pulled off by Louie’s friend Ken Marvin, a marine who’d been captured at Wake Atoll.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • There’s a special, insidious kind of hatred for him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Salander took a tour around the cabin, looking suspicious, but she seemed to relax when she could find no immediate signs of any insidious trap.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • She was from New England, and knew well the first guileful footsteps of that soft, insidious disease, which sweeps away so many of the fairest and loveliest, and, before one fibre of life seems broken, seals them irrevocably for death.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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