Producing harm in a stealthy, often gradual, manner.
* 1847 , George Lippard, The Quaker City: or, The monks of Monk-Hall
* 1997 , Matthew Wood, The book of herbal wisdom: using plants as medicine
- Strong and vigorous man as he looks, Livingstone has been for years the victim of a secret and insidious disease.
* 2007 , Sharon Weinstein, Ada Lawrence Plumer, Principles and practice of intravenous therapy
- At some point in time they may become the source of an insidious cancer.
Intending to entrap; alluring but harmful.
* Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The nurse always must be alert to signs of slow leak or insidious infiltration.
* 1948 , D.V. Chitaley (editor or publisher), All India Reporter , volume 3, page 341:
- The insidious whisper of the bad angel.
* 1969 , Dorothy Brewster, John Angus Burrell, Dead reckonings in fiction
- All these facts clearly appear to me now to establish that the sanctioned scheme was a part of a bigger and […] more insidious scheme which was to hoodwink the creditors and to firmly establish and consolidate the position […]
* 2005 , Anita Desai, Voices in the City , page 189:
- The atmosphere of this insidious city comes out to meet him the moment he touches the European shore; for in London he meets Maria Gostrey just over from France.
* 2007 , Joseph Epstein, Narcissus Leaves the Pool , page 171:
- This seemed to her the worst defilement into which this insidious city had cheated her and in her agitation, she nearly ran into the latrine, […]
- This is the insidious way sports entrap you: you follow a player, which commits you to his team. You begin to acquire scraps of utterly useless information about teammates, managers, owners, trainers, agents, lawyers.
* 1858 , Phineas Camp Headley, The life of the Empress Josephine: first wife of Napoleon
- Hansel and Gretel were lured by the witch’s insidious gingerbread house.
* 1912 , Ralph Straus, The prison without a wall
- But with whom do you contract that alliance? With the natural enemy of France — that insidious house of Austria — which detests our country from feeling, system, and necessity.
- ‘Believe me,’ he shouted, ‘these insidious folk talk dangerous nonsense. I hear they are spouting out their ridiculous platitudes not five miles from this park in which we are standing…’
- The battle was lost due to the actions of insidious defectors.
Happening quickly and with little or no warning.
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(obsolete) Hastily prepared or employed; quick; rapid.
- Never was such a sudden scholar made.
(obsolete) Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate.
- the apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the sudden eye
- I have no joy of this contract to-night: It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden
* all of a sudden
* sudden death
- Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered.
(obsolete) An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.
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