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Gradual vs. Insidious

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Gradualadjective

Proceeding or advancing by small, slow, regular steps or degrees

‘a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline’;

Insidiousadjective

Producing harm in a stealthy, often gradual, manner.

Gradualnoun

(Christianity) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.

Insidiousadjective

Intending to entrap; alluring but harmful.

‘Hansel and Gretel were lured by the witch’s insidious gingerbread house.’;

Gradualnoun

(Christianity) A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.

Insidiousadjective

(nonstandard) Treacherous.

‘The battle was lost due to the actions of insidious defectors.’;

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Gradualadjective

Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.

‘Creatures animate with gradual lifeOf growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.’;

Insidiousadjective

Lying in wait; watching an opportunity to insnare or entrap; deceitful; sly; treacherous; - said of persons; as, the insidious foe.

Gradualnoun

An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.

Insidiousadjective

Intended to entrap; characterized by treachery and deceit; as, insidious arts.

‘The insidious whisper of the bad angel.’;

Gradualnoun

A series of steps.

Insidiousadjective

Acting or proceeding unobserved or in a seemingly harmless manner, but slowly or eventually doing great damage; as, an insidious disease; an insidious plot.

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Gradualnoun

(Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

Insidiousadjective

beguiling but harmful;

‘insidious pleasures’;

Gradualadjective

proceeding in small stages;

‘a gradual increase in prices’;

Insidiousadjective

intended to entrap

Gradualadjective

of a topographical gradient; not steep or abrupt;

‘a gradual slope’;

Insidiousadjective

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way;

‘glaucoma is an insidious disease’; ‘a subtle poison’;

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Gradual

The gradual (Latin: graduale or responsorium graduale) is a chant or hymn in the Mass, the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church, and among some other Christians. It gets its name from the Latin gradus (meaning ) because it was once chanted on the step of the ambo or altar.

‘step’;

Insidiousadjective

proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with very harmful effects

‘sexual harassment is a serious and insidious problem’;

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