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insidiousness

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The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy—yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.
Nelson Algren
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Noun

Singular
insidiousness

Plural
es

insidiousness (es)
  1. A surreptitious harmfulness, quality of entrapment, or treacherousness; the characteristic of being insidious.
    • 1900, Edith Wharton, The Touchstone, ch. 8,
      This lent a new insidiousness to his temptation, since her contempt would be a refuge from his own.

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