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By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
  harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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pernicious perniciousness perniciously
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  • By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
  • She was diagnosed with pernicious anemia.
  • you men, you beasts, that quench the fire of your pernicious rage
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • If he say so, may his pernicious soul rot half a grain a day!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice

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  • Maybe the gods will help us, thinking we are suitably respectful of pernicious fate.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Let this pernicious hour stand aye accursed in the calendar!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • O most pernicious woman!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Similarly, the pioneer of public education in Massachusetts, Horace Mann, believed that working students too hard would create a "most pernicious influence upon character and habits. Not infrequently is health itself destroyed by over-stimulating the mind."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • That will with two pernicious daughters join
    Your high-engender’d battles ’gainst a head
    So old and white as this!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing

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  • There were more pernicious results as well:
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • this pernicious slave
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • And most pernicious purpose!
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • California searches vehicles for vegetables and fruits which might carry pernicious insects and diseases, and regulations of these are enforced with almost religious intensity.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • From this I learned, that going abroad in rainy weather, especially when it was attended with storms and hurricanes of wind, was most pernicious to health.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I turned off the camera and sat back on the couch (I always filmed while sitting on the couch under her pernicious, unpredictable cuckoo clock, because I knew if I didn’t show her cuckoo clock, she’d wonder whether I had finally gotten rid of her cuckoo clock, and then she’d stop wondering whether I had finally gotten rid of her cuckoo clock and simply come to believe it was true, and then no matter what sweet words came out of my mouth, she’d silently counter with: "and yet he tossed…
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • A most pernicious message indeed.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Something deeper, more pernicious was at work here: a wide division between the wealthy and the poor that was made worse by fear.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Every day since then on the radio we heard about the need to end the evil and pernicious influences of the "Four Olds": old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Betsie had been born with pernicious anemia.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • (In 1947, it may be remembered, the truly pernicious effect of cigarette smoking on the health was barely surmised even by medical men, and word of its potential erosive damage, when uttered at all, was greeted by sophisticates with amused skepticism.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We passed the rest of the day in pleasant conversation, wandering among his reminiscences of the dear departed days when men were men, and the pernicious weed of civilization was less rampant upon the bonny wild face of the Highlands.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In the nature of the case, it must be in the highest degree pernicious.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Just about all he could find in its favor was that it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He belonged, in fact, to none of the numerous societies which swarm in the English capital, from the Harmonic to that of the Entomologists, founded mainly for the purpose of abolishing pernicious insects.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • To live in idleness on the property of society! to be useless, that is to say, pernicious!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That, the proof would go back five years, and would show the prisoner already engaged in these pernicious missions, within a few weeks before the date of the very first action fought between the British troops and the Americans.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In his middle life, at about the time such things were known about, it was discovered that, he had pernicious anemia.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The moral of the story is that the temptations of the flesh are pernicious and malignant.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hereupon, a choleric gentleman, who had taken the fourth place on that seat, flew into a most violent passion, and said that it was a breach of contract to mix him up with such villainous company, and that it was poisonous, and pernicious, and infamous, and shameful, and I don’t know what else.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • There is no good at all in inflaming his hatred of Germans if, at the same time, a pernicious habit of charity is growing up between him and his mother, his employer, and the man he meets in the train.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • But no. I verily believe that buttoning himself up in so downy and blanket-like a coat had a pernicious effect upon him; upon the same principle that too much oats are bad for horses.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Sviazhsky began talking of Levin, describing his strange view that machinery is simply pernicious in its effects on Russian agriculture.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But by what I have gathered from your own relation, and the answers I have with much pains wrung and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Then the pernicious charm of Italy worked on her, and, instead of acquiring information, she began to be happy.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Florentino Ariza had stripped her of the virginity of a conventional marriage, more pernicious than congenital virginity or the abstinence of widowhood.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Chauvelin took another pinch of snuff: he seemed very much addicted to that pernicious habit, so prevalent in those days; perhaps, too, he found the taking of snuff a convenient veil for disguising the quick, shrewd glances with which he strove to read the very souls of those with whom he came in contact.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Of the value traps, the most widespread and pernicious is value rigidity.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The waiter brought the Major a mug of beer, as a matter of course, and he took out a cigar and amused himself with that pernicious vegetable and a newspaper until his charge should come down to claim him.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Indeed, these conditions themselves are whathave rendered the ancient formulae ineffective, misleading, and even pernicious.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In short order, Malan began to implement his pernicious program.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • They threw cow gall onto the courtyard and, rubbed hot chili on the walls, thinking they could defeat her pernicious vice with those methods, but she showed such signs of astuteness and ingenuity to find some earth that Ursula found herself forced to use more drastic methods.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I could not find that it led to anything but the formation of delusive hopes in connexion with the suit already the pernicious cause of so much sorrow and ruin.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • That, perhaps, in short, this Prerogative Office of the diocese of Canterbury was altogether such a pestilent job, and such a pernicious absurdity, that but for its being squeezed away in a corner of St. Paul’s Churchyard, which few people knew, it must have been turned completely inside out, and upside down, long ago.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Then you become more intimate; he takes you to a cafe, invites you to his country-house, introduces you, between two drinks, to all sorts of people; and three-fourths of the time it’s only to plunder your watch or lead you into some pernicious step.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • All the commons Hate him perniciously, and, o’ my conscience, Wish him ten fathom deep.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • …and that they would do well to dress themselves, if that was required to deliver his master; for they had already told him that going in this guise and dressing in this way were of the highest importance in order to rescue his master from the pernicious life he had adopted; and they charged him strictly not to tell his master who they were, or that he knew them, and should he ask, as ask he would, if he had given the letter to Dulcinea, to say that he had, and that, as she did not know…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Besides he had, before visiting the monastery, a strong prejudice against the institution of "elders," which he only knew of by hearsay and believed to be a pernicious innovation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He knew how good he was, and if such a fallacy had not been so pernicious he could have laughed at it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Its pernicious ghost—gray, furry and with unusually dense dorsal tufts—haunted every house that he ever lived in.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
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