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pernicious - Dictionary definition and meaning for word pernicious

(adj) exceedingly harmful
Synonyms : baneful , deadly , pestilent

(adj) working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
Synonyms : insidious , subtle
Example Sentence
  • glaucoma is an insidious disease
  • a subtle poison

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for pernicious

word can be divided like per+nicious..nicious when pronounced sounds like noxious...so noxious.. ..so something harmful.....
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by preetisoni2411

it has root nec/nox..in it....means to harm..so per(PERTAINING TO)+nIC/NEC..MEANS HARM..SOMETHING PERTAINING TO HARM U.
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by preetisoni2411

Pernicious sounds like vicious in the end which means very harmful
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by amolge

sounds like perish- something that is very destructive will make you perish
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by logic87

Kitna samjhaya is ladke ko PER ye NI(nahi) CIOUS(serious) hota hai...Its harmful for him
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by harshsinha18

pernicious:it sounds like punish us..means it punish us..so it is very harmful..
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by lazyboy

Something pern-icious is vi-cious and can do-you-harm...
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by Yank

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by dshefman

Pernicious anemia is a form of anemia that was, for a long time, always extremely harmful and most of the time fatal.
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by Rodeokinney

[my GRE book defined this as "extremely harmful; potentially causing death" So my mnemonic is: PERhaps we should not picNIC next to PERN's noxIOUS thread. -- ref. to Anne McCathy's Dragon Series.
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by joeyessoe

Ne +Sus :Negative Sauce,so negative sauce has a harmful effect on our health
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by laaptu

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by Rodeokinney

PER NIC(nikki)thO US(our) friend hai.how can he b so harmful
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by kingofgre

pern rhymes with fern which is harmful and can cause death!
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by aaditya27993

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