Word of the day

The word for today is…

pernicious (adj) – 1. Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly.
2. Causing great harm; destructive.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : early 15th century, from Middle French pernicios (13th century, Modern French pernicieux) and directly from Latin perniciosus “destructive,” from pernicies “destruction, death, ruin,” from per “completely” + necis “violent death, murder,” related to necare “to kill,” nocere “to hurt, injure, harm,” noxa “harm, injury” (from PIE root *nek- “death”).

 


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