Pernicious vs Heinous - What's the difference?

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Pernicious is a related term of heinous.

As adjectives the difference between pernicious and heinous

is that pernicious is causing much harm in a subtle way while heinous is totally reprehensible.




(en adjective)
  • Causing much harm in a subtle way.
  • * 1911 , ,
  • Puritanism no longer employs the thumbscrew and lash; but it still has a most pernicious hold on the minds and feelings of the American people.
  • Causing death or injury; deadly.
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * perniciousness * perniciously






    (en adjective)
  • Totally reprehensible.
  • I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.
    The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice.
    The government denounced the attack as the most heinous of the last decade.
    Political Leaders from around the world have condemned these heinous acts.
    In our public services sorry seems to be the most heinous word.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "heinous" is often applied: crime, act, sin, murder, offence.


    * (totally reprehensible) abominable, horrible, odious