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pernicious
used in Middlemarch

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harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
  • ...presumptuous and dangerous, and argued against it by saying that nothing should induce them to get into a railway carriage; while proprietors, differing from each other in their arguments as much as Mr. Solomon Featherstone differed from Lord Medlicote, were yet unanimous in the opinion that in selling land, whether to the Enemy of mankind or to a company obliged to purchase, these pernicious agencies must be made to pay a very high price to landowners for permission to injure mankind.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (17% in)

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