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Word of the Day 04/21/15 Deleterious

Deleterious (adjective)
deleterious [del-i-teer-ee-uh s]


adjective
1. injurious to health: deleterious gases.
2. harmful; injurious: deleterious influences.

Synonyms
2. pernicious, hurtful, destructive; noxious.

Antonyms
2. beneficial.

Origin: 1635-45; < Greek dēlētḗrios destructive, adj. derivative of dēlētḗr destroyer, equivalent to dēlē- variant stem of dēleîsthai to hurt, injure + -tēr agent suffix + -ios adj. suffix; see -ious

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