insidiousness insidiousness


  1. (n) subtle and cumulative harmfulness (especially of a disease)
  2. (n) the quality of being designed to entrap


  1. Instead, the focus was the insidiousness of mental illness.
  2. Perhaps it is the sheer insidiousness of crack, the newly popular, highly potent form of cocaine that can in short order transform the casual pleasure seeker into an addict.
  3. Instead, the focus was the insidiousness of mental illness.


  1. "My alcoholism cost me a marriage, my family, my job and lots of friendships," Sorensen said this week. "It's not an unusual story. The insidiousness of the disease is that I sat there in jail every night for 30 nights (in 2003) saying, 'Boy,...
    on Jan 25, 2007 By: Lary Sorensen Source:

  2. "Microsoft completely botched UAC," Thurrott says. "It's almost criminal in its insidiousness."
    on May 15, 2006 By: Paul Thurrott Source: USA Today

  3. "If we are to optimise the most from tourism, then controlling the high level of crime is imperative. No one wants to visit a destination where their safety is at risk. You can't have a vibrant tourism industry where the insidiousness of crime...
    on May 11, 2006 By: Michael Lee-Chin Source: Jamaica Observer

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