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deleterious

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Etymology

From Ancient Greek δηλητήριος "deleterios", from δηλέομαι, "to hurt, to damage."

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
deleterious

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  1. harmful or hurtful, to physical, mental or moral health.
    a deleterious chemical

Usage notes

Often used in contexts of exasperation or ironic dramatization.

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