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Definition harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
  • By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
pernicious = harmful
  • She has been spreading the pernicious rumor.
  • pernicious = harmful
  • If he say so, may his pernicious soul rot half a grain a day!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • pernicious = something spreading great harm in a gradual or subtle way
  • There were more pernicious results as well:
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • pernicious = harmful
  • Let this pernicious hour stand aye accursed in the calendar!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • pernicious = something spreading great harm in a gradual or subtle way
  • 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
  • pernicious = harm-spreading
  • And most pernicious purpose!
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • pernicious = harmful
  • Maybe the gods will help us, thinking we are suitably respectful of pernicious fate.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • pernicious = destructive (spreading harm)
  • they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • pernicious = something spreading great harm in a gradual or subtle way
  •   You men, you beasts,
      That quench the fire of your pernicious rage
      With purple fountains issuing from your beins,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • pernicious = harmful or destructive
  • O most pernicious woman!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • pernicious = harmful (evil)
  • this pernicious slave
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • pernicious = harmful
  • 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
  • pernicious = harmful
  • 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
  • pernicious = harmful or something spreading harm
  • 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
  • pernicious = harmful
  • The cap I wore on my head, was great, high, and shapeless, made of a goat's skin, with a flap of pent-house hanging down behind, not only to keep the sun from me, but to shoot the rain off from running into my neck, nothing being more pernicious than the rain falling upon the flesh in these climates.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "My dear friend", said he, "as I am here happily free from my miserable greatness with all its attendants of pride, ambition, avarice, and luxury, if I should escape from this place, those pernicious seeds may again revive, to my lasting disquietude; therefore let me remain in a blessed confinement, for I am but flesh, a mere man, with passions and affections as such; O be not my friend and tempter too!"
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Sviazhsky began talking of Levin, describing his strange view that machinery is simply pernicious in its effects on Russian agriculture.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • O most pernicious woman!
    Shakespeare, William  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Charity is the most illogical and pernicious of all weaknesses.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor

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