bane·​ful | \ ˈbān-fəl How to pronounce baneful (audio) \

Definition of baneful

1 : productive of destruction or woe : seriously harmful a baneful influence
2 archaic : poisonous

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banefully \ ˈbān-​fə-​lē How to pronounce banefully (audio) \ adverb

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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

Examples of baneful in a Sentence

The legislation could have a baneful effect on the poor. the baneful consequences of war
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First Known Use of baneful

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baneful

bane entry 1 + -ful entry 1

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The first known use of baneful was in 1566

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“Baneful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of baneful

formal + literary : causing destruction or serious damage : bad or evil

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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