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Pernicious Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pernicious adj
  1. exceedingly harmful [syn: baneful, deadly, pestilent]
  2. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison" [syn: insidious, subtle]
Pernicious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pernicious \Per*ni"cious\, a. [L. pernix, -icis.] Quick; swift (to burn). [R.] --Milton.
Pernicious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pernicious \Per*ni"cious\, a. [L. perniciosus, from pernicies destruction, from pernecare to kill or slay outright; per + necare to kill, slay: cf. F. pernicieux. Cf. Nuisance, Necromancy.] Having the quality of injuring or killing; destructive; very mischievous; baleful; malicious; wicked. Let this pernicious hour Stand aye accursed in the calendar. --Shak. Pernicious to his health. --Prescott. Syn: Destructive; ruinous; deadly; noxious; injurious; baneful; deleterious; hurtful; mischievous. -- Per*ni"cious*ly, adv., -- Per*ni"cious*ness, n.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pernicious'


Death is the termination of the biological functions that sustain a living organism. The word refers both to the particular processes of life's cessation as well as to the condition or state of a formerly living body. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include predation, malnutrition, accidents resulting in terminal injury, and disease.

The nature of death has been for millennia a central concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical enquiry, and belief in some kind of afterlife or rebirth has been a central aspect of religious belief. In modern scientific enquiry, the origin and nature of consciousness has yet to be fully understood; any such view about the existence or non-existence of consciousness after death therefore remains speculative.

The word death comes from Old English deaĆ°, which in turn comes from Proto-Germanic dauthaz (reconstructed by etymological analysis). This comes from the Proto-Germanic stem dheu- meaning the 'Process, act, condition of dying'.

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  • South Africa: the ANC after Nelson Mandela
    The party as a whole is open to the criticism that its structure reflects the pernicious doctrine of democratic centralism. South Africa is a hard country to govern. Its size, its ethnic and racial divisions, its paradoxical combination of wealth and vulnerability to outside economic forces, and its history of violence and repression all make the task of running i Read more on this news related to 'Pernicious'
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    British universities have been positioned as central culprits for failing to regulate their intake of foreign students, while rendered dependent on "overseas" student fees because of government funding cuts. A pernicious new turn took place in summer 2012 when London Metropolitan University lost its "highly trusted sponsor" status, to catastrop Read more on this news related to 'Pernicious'

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