Pernicious

[p_ɜː_n_ˈɪ_ʃ_ə_s], [pɜːnˈɪʃəs], [pɜːnˈɪʃəs]

Definitions of pernicious:

  1.   Quick; swift ( to burn).
  2.   Destructive; hurtful; tending to injure or destroy.
  3.   exceedingly harmful
  4.   working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; " glaucoma is an insidious disease"; " a subtle poison"
  5.   Perniciousness.
  6.   Destructive, harmful; noting a disease of severe character and usually fatal.
  7.   Having power to destroy or injure.
  8.   Having the quality of injuring or killing; destructive; very mischievous; baleful; malicious; wicked.
  9.   Perniciously.
  10.   Destructive to life.
  11.   Highly injurious; tending to injure or destroy, as health or morals; deadly; destructive.
  12.   Destructive; hurtful; noxious.
  13.   Highly injurious or hurtful; destructive.
  14.   Killing utterly: hurtful: destructive: highly injurious.

Antonyms for pernicious:

good, innocent, restorative, rejuvenating, cordial, nonfatal, nontoxic, nonvenomous, beneficent, nonlethal, Hurtless, healing, vitalizing, anodyne, noncorrosive, safe, stimulating, sanative, secure, invigorating, Officinal, remedial, bracing, wholesome, tonic, therapeutic, medicinal, white, inoffensive, life-giving, favorable, noninfectious, vital, salubrious, serviceable, palliative, profitable, innocuous, curative, nonpolluting, Salutiferous, refreshing, stimulative, nondestructive, healthful, benignant, beneficial, healthy, salutary, nonpoisonous, propitious, helpful, reviving, harmless, benign, useful, sound, advantageous.


Quotes for pernicious:

  1. Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion. – Allan Bloom
  2. No evil can result from its inhibition more pernicious than its toleration. – Martin Van Buren
  3. The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent. – Edward Dahlberg
  4. Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. – Andre Gide
  5. But that was war. 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
  6. 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. – Alexander Herzen
  7. South Africa was to evolve into the most pernicious example of the criminal practise of colonial and white minority domination. – Thabo Mbeki
  8. The main cause is a pernicious falsehood propagated against her being, namely that she is inferior by her nature. Inferior in what? What has man ever done that woman, under the same advantages could not do? – Ernestine Rose
  9. In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. – Leo Tolstoy

Usage examples for pernicious:

  1. When we first came to the colony, nothing surprised me more than the extent to which this pernicious custom was carried, both by the native Canadians, the European settlers, and the lower order of Americans. ” – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  2. “ To my thinking, to make something of great importance dependent upon charity, which in Russia always has a casual character, and on funds which do not exist, is pernicious – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  3. The one embodies a pernicious and a false ideal; the other embodies the ideal that must appeal to all that is noble and divine in human life, and it thus ministers to moral progress by its contribution to the elevation of the social tone. ” – Italy, the Magic Land by Lilian Whiting
  4. You might retire within, and behold worse masters, and more pernicious and mortal enemies to your well- being. ” – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  5. But nothing is more capable of being adulterated, or of producing more pernicious effects on the human constitution, and therefore it requires the strictest attention. ” – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  6. Her delay in sending forth Leicester, with at least a moderate contingent, to the rescue, was most pernicious – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  7. And addressing him, he spoke winged words: Haste away, pernicious dream, to the swift ships of the Greeks. ” – The Iliad of Homer (1873) by Homer
  8. “ I tell you at once that I consider Miss Blake a most pernicious young woman, and as your father I can only express the hope that you do not intend to allow her to re- assert her evil influence over you. ” – Love Eternal by H. Rider Haggard
  9. “ " Incomplete" is a right word, though a very weak one; " incomplete," not untrue, not pernicious but terribly inadequate. ” – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  10. Therefore it was a duty to withhold from him every influence which could favour these pernicious views and wishes, and Pedro de Soto had also been young and knew only too well what power so beautiful a woman, with such bewitching gifts, could exert upon the man whose heart cherishes her. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  11. Moisture conveyed in some way or other is certainly found to be the most destructive, of any thing yet discovered, of these pernicious insects, as well as many others that infest hot- houses. ” – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  12. The result was a corruption of Lutheranism and a pernicious Calvinistic propaganda in Lutheran territories. ” – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  13. Such had been Piedro's wretched education, that even the hard lessons of experience could not alter its pernicious effects. ” – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  14. He was now so fully the son of his mother; resembling so closely her beautiful but pernicious features; but it was that flash of lightning that brought Adelaide back to consciousness; or had it shown her the unholy fire which burned in his eyes? ” – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  15. Because of this failure to consider the motive back of the deed, many books on morals and ethics are absolutely pernicious – God's Plan with Men by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
  16. It might not be so pernicious a practice if it were not so steadily weakening. ” – As a Matter of Course by Annie Payson Call
  17. Thus the country may be rid of a man so pernicious or at any rate he will be held in perpetual fear, and therefore prevented from executing leisurely his designs. ” – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  18. Our Morality at present consists in the idea of self- goodness- one of the most pernicious and disgusting ideas which has ever infested the human brain. ” – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
  19. Bay leaves, bitter almonds, and fruit kernels, if not equally dangerous, are pernicious enough to make it very advisable not to use them. ” – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  20. But before you set your face in earnest, we would ask you to consider if the vacancy or chaos which is sure to follow, be not more pernicious than what you would end. ” – The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani

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