adjective bane·ful \ˈbān-fəl\

: causing destruction or serious damage : bad or evil

Full Definition of BANEFUL

:  productive of destruction or woe :  seriously harmful <a baneful influence>
archaic :  poisonous
bane·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of BANEFUL

  1. The legislation could have a baneful effect on the poor.
  2. the baneful consequences of war

First Known Use of BANEFUL


Synonym Discussion of BANEFUL

pernicious, baneful, noxious, deleterious, detrimental mean exceedingly harmful. pernicious implies irreparable harm done through evil or insidious corrupting or undermining <the claim that pornography has a pernicious effect on society>. baneful implies injury through poisoning or destroying <the baneful notion that discipline destroys creativity>. noxious applies to what is both offensive and injurious to the health of a body or mind <noxious chemical fumes>. deleterious applies to what has an often unsuspected harmful effect <a diet found to have deleterious effects>. detrimental implies obvious harmfulness to something specified <the detrimental effects of excessive drinking>.

Rhymes with BANEFUL


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