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[beyn-fuh l] /ˈbeɪn fəl/
destructive; pernicious:
a baneful superstition.
deadly; poisonous:
baneful herbs.
Origin of baneful
1570-80; bane + -ful
Related forms
banefully, adverb
banefulness, noun
Can be confused
baleful, baneful.
harmful, noxious; venomous, toxic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for baneful
  • 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.
  • Lower share prices have baneful effect for companies too.
  • On the structural side, economists say, the baneful consequences of the bubble years are now in the past.
  • In my personal experience the more senior the economist, the more baneful their spelling.
  • As for paid political advertising, it's almost totally baneful.
  • The baneful influence does not end with the suppression of facts and figures.
  • The automobile industry is still feeling these baneful effects.
British Dictionary definitions for baneful


(archaic) destructive, poisonous, or fatal
Derived Forms
banefully, adverb
banefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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