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insidiousness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insidious  \In*sid"i*ous\,  a.  [L.  insidiosus,  fr  insidiae  an 
  ambush,  fr  insidere  to  sit  in  pref.  in-  +  sedere  to  sit: 
  cf  F.  insidieux  See  {Sit}.] 
  1.  Lying  in  wait;  watching  an  opportunity  to  insnare  or 
  entrap;  deceitful;  sly;  treacherous;  --  said  of  persons; 
  as  the  insidious  foe.  ``The  insidious  witch.''  --Cowper. 
 
  2.  Intended  to  entrap;  characterized  by  treachery  and  deceit; 
  as  insidious  arts. 
 
  The  insidious  whisper  of  the  bad  angel.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  {Insidious  disease}  (Med.),  a  disease  existing,  without 
  marked  symptoms,  but  ready  to  become  active  upon  some 
  slight  occasion;  a  disease  not  appearing  to  be  as  bad  as 
  it  really  is 
 
  Syn:  Crafty;  wily;  artful;  sly;  designing;  guileful; 
  circumventive;  treacherous;  deceitful;  deceptive.  -- 
  {In*sid"i*ous*ly},  adv  --  {In*sid"i*ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  insidiousness 
  n  1:  subtle  and  cumulative  harmfulness  esp  of  a  disease 
  2:  the  quality  of  being  designed  to  entrap 




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