English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

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English

pernicious- adj. having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.

Spanish

pernicioso

Etymology

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

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