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pernĭcĭes , ēi (old form of the
I.gen. pernicii or pernici, Sisenn. ap. Gell. 9, 14, 12, and ap. Non. 486, 30; Cic. Rosc. Am. 45, 131, acc. to Gell. 9, 14, 19, and acc. to Non. 486, 28. But Charis., p. 53 P., gives for the passages of Cicero above cited the form pernicies; cf.“, also,Diom. p. 281 P.—Dat. pernicie, Liv. 5, 13, 5 Drak. N. cr.: “pernicii,Nep. 8, 2; v. also, permities), f. perneco, destruction, death, ruin, overthrow, disaster, calamity (syn.: exitium, labes).
II. Transf., concr., a person or thing that is ruinous or baleful, destruction, ruin, bane, pest: “egredere, erilis pernicies, ex aedibus,Plaut. Most. 1, 1, 3 Lorenz (Ritschl, permicies): “perlecebrae, pernicies, adulescentum exitium,id. As. 1, 2, 7: “legirupa, pernicies adulescentum,id. Ps. 1, 3, 130; cf.: “leno, pernicies communis adulescentium,Ter. Ad. 2, 1, 34: “pernicies provinciae Siciliae,” i. e. Verres, Cic. Verr. 1, 1, 2: “illam perniciem exstinxit ac sustulit,” i. e. Clodius, id. Mil. 31, 84: “lymphae vini pernicies,Cat. 27, 5: “eripite hanc pestem perniciemque mihi,id. 76, 20: “pernicies et tempestas barathrumque macelli,Hor. Ep. 1, 15, 31.—Of animals, Col. 8, 14, 9.
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