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- n. The condition of being pernicious; destructiveness
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being pernicious, very injurious, mischievous, or destructive; hurtfulness.
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- n. grave harmfulness or deadliness
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"perniciousness" with which they were reproached was nothing else but their opposition to the established polytheism; and this view of the matter was just such an one as might be expected to occur to a mind which held the sect in too much contempt to concern itself about the grounds and reasons of their conduct.
And he objected to long-term public debts in part because they bound more than one generation, a doctrine which Hamilton rightly attacked for its “perniciousness and absurdity.”
Scenes of extreme mourning for Kim in the streets of Pyongyang again brought home the perniciousness of lies in such regimes, as I was reminded of Mao Zedong's death 35 years earlier.
But I'd imagine none of this fits with the narrative of Blairite disloyalty and perniciousness Milne had decided upon before he began writing his column.
His book develops into a sustained polemic about the perniciousness of the British class system.
Eventually, Eco gets to the literary heritage of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and how that fiction's perniciousness was reinforced by fitting a pre-existing narrative pattern that had wormed its way into popular consciousness.
See now the perniciousness of the claim that the anti-Ahmadi law represent "democratic discourse"?
Adding to the perniciousness of tempting kids with toys is the use of promotions that have kids coming back to "collect them all."
Certainly, Tebow's broad shoulders don't bear the whole burden of advertising's latent perniciousness.
But its troubles have also brought out the dime-store Jeremiahs declaiming on the perniciousness of "derivatives."