baneful

[beyn-fuhl]
adjective
1.
destructive; pernicious: a baneful superstition.
2.
deadly; poisonous: baneful herbs.

Origin:
1570–80; bane + -ful

banefully, adverb
banefulness, noun

baleful, baneful.


harmful, noxious; venomous, toxic.
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baneful (ˈbeɪnfʊl)
 
adj
archaic destructive, poisonous, or fatal
 
'banefully
 
adv
 
'banefulness
 
n

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Example sentences
But what might be baneful in rarefied intellectual circles is a boon for the
  ordinary reader.
Under the baneful influence of racing, modern sailing yachts exchange stability
  for speed.
Modern scholarship has yet to suggest that the baneful baguettes were the
  result of witchcraft.
He will also attempt to respond swiftly to the baneful effects of the global
  slowdown.
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