Something deleterious is harmful: either harmful to our health, or harmful to our minds or morals.
del uh TEER ee us
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a deleterious effect"
2. After a linking verb, as in "The effect was deleterious.")
Why it looks like the word "delete:"
The main root in both "delete" and "deleterious" means "destroyer." (That's fun to think about the next time you delete a sentence or delete a file!)
How to use it:
Talk about a deleterious influence, something's deleterious effects, a deleterious change, a deleterious substance or quality, and so on.
Follow this word with "to" if you need to specify who or what gets hurt by whatever is deleterious: smoking is deleterious to even those just standing nearby; this attitude that violence is okay and funny is deleterious to our youth.
You might also be deleteriously influenced by something or talk about the deleteriousness of something.
Common knowledge these days asserts that beauty magazines are deleterious to a young girl's sense of self. But I'm not sure how true that is.
Somehow, he remains immune to the deleterious effects of working day in and day out with children who are suffering--he's still cheerful and optimistic.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "deleterious" means when you can explain it without saying "damaging" or "poisonous."
Think of something you avoid because you know it's bad for you (physically, mentally, intellectually, or morally) and fill in the blanks: "(Doing something in particular) helps me avoid the deleterious (influence/effects/habit) of_____."
Example: "Disabling the notifications on my phone's apps helps me avoid the deleterious effects of constantly checking it."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
We're playing with clichés this month, examining the origins of some colorful ones. I’ll give you a cliché (some of which you might also call a proverb and/or an idiom) and pose a multiple-choice question about its origin. (I used this nifty book as a reference!)
Yesterday's question: “Balm in Gilead.” This means something that soothes you and is a reference to a soothing ointment made from leaves. Is this cliché from the Bible, the Torah, or the Quran?
Answer: It’s from the Bible, specifically the book of Jeremiah, the guy who first asked, “Is there no balm in Gilead?”
Try this one today: By saying “don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” you mean people shouldn’t think of things as belonging to them until they actually do. Did we get this cliché from Aesop, the Bible, or a fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm?
A Point Well Made:
Martin Luther King Jr.: “If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
1. The opposite of DELETERIOUS is
2. I'm of the opinion that _____ is deleterious to both parties involved.
A. a job interview B. talking on the phone
C. holding a grudge
Answers are below.
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Today's "deleterious" is often used to talk about what's bad for your health. How about a great word for the opposite idea? Something sal_____ is wholesome, beneficial, or literally good for your health.
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