- destructive; pernicious: a baneful superstition.
- deadly; poisonous: baneful herbs.
Origin of baneful
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harmful, noxious; venomous, toxic.
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Examples from the Web for baneful
From the housing question to the dearth of servants we feel its baneful effects.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
It is in fact the healing caduceus as well as the baneful thunder-weapon.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
The consequences to society are also of the most baneful nature.The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings
The baneful effects of forcing the voice is clearly set forth.The Child-Voice in Singing
Francis E. Howard
My childhood was environed by the baneful peculiarities of the slave system.My Bondage and My Freedom
- archaic destructive, poisonous, or fatal
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