Definitions

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  • n. swiftness; celerity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Swiftness; celerity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Swiftness of motion; celerity.

Etymologies

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Latin pernicitas. See pernicious.

Examples

  • The story concerned a big burly Westerner in love with a Forbidden Asian woman, and it was intended to highlight the pernicity of prejudice, which is why they cast Jennifer Jones as the Asian woman.

    Tuesday, July 28 – The Bleat.

  • An 'what's more, dey wasn't so pernicity 'bout what dey got.

    This Way to Christmas

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