baneful

adjective bane·ful \ ˈbān-fəl \

Definition of baneful

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

banefully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of baneful in a Sentence

  1. The legislation could have a baneful effect on the poor.

  2. the baneful consequences of war

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First Known Use of baneful

1566

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

BANEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

baneful

adjective

Definition of baneful for English Language Learners

  • : causing destruction or serious damage : bad or evil



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