Definition of 'insidious'
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A more insidious threat derives from what happened in that ace last finale. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The early signs and symptoms of thyroid deficiency are insidious and subtle. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Socialism in its most insidious form remains undead. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Lies are the first signs of corruption and redacted history is an insidious form of lying. Times, Sunday Times (2015)You can see it in insidious ways. Times, Sunday Times (2008)That effect is insidious but hardly subtle, and it is certainly not in the public interest. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The more insidious threat to competence cultures occurs when the metrics it has targeted no longer reflect true progress toward the end goal. LIVING ON THE FAULT LINE, REVISED EDITION (2002)In an insidious way he could turn that facility into the wooing of a 13-year-old. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It could impose a more insidious form of control if it wanted to shelter from an opposition more effective than any across the chamber. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He added: 'I consider them insidious and extremely dangerous. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There may be insidious social effects if blood screening for jobs, for instance, becomes required. Understanding Cancer (1987)But with cuts for capital expenditure and the insidious effects of inflation, flat cash looks more and more like putting science on the back burner. Times, Sunday Times (2012)For him, if not for all seekers of remembrance, there were other dangers more insidious and subtle. The Broken God (1993)Another more insidious form of denial is to pretend that the Chinese and Western models of capitalism are not really very different. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Her curiosity brings her close to rather insidious men or hysterical women as she gradually understands what it is to be'independent'. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)
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British English: insidious ADJECTIVE
Something that is insidious is unpleasant or dangerous and develops gradually without being noticed.
The changes are insidious, and will not produce a noticeable effect for 15 to 20 years.
Definition of insidious from the Collins English Dictionary
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