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baneful

causing death or destruction: a baneful invasion; poisonous: baneful castor beans
Not to be confused with:
baleful – malignant in intent; sinister; ominous; injurious; pernicious: His baleful actions were terrifying.
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bane·ful

 (bān′fəl)
adj.
1. Causing harm, ruin, or death; harmful. See Usage Note at baleful.
2. Portending harm; ominous.

bane′ful·ly adv.
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baneful

(ˈbeɪnfʊl)
adj
archaic destructive, poisonous, or fatal
ˈbanefully adv
ˈbanefulness n
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bane•ful

(ˈbeɪn fəl)

adj.
destructive, pernicious, or poisonous.
[1570–80]
bane′ful•ly, adv.
bane′ful•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.baneful - exceedingly harmfulbaneful - exceedingly harmful      
noxious - injurious to physical or mental health; "noxious chemical wastes"; "noxious ideas"
2.baneful - deadly or sinisterbaneful - deadly or sinister; "the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
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baneful

adjective
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Translations

baneful

[ˈbeɪnfʊl] ADJ (liter) (= poisonous) → nocivo; (= destructive) → funesto, fatal
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baneful

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baneful

[ˈbeɪnfʊl] adjdannoso/a, nocivo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

baneful

a. venenoso-a, dañino-a, destructivo-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
Emphasizing this basic truth, however, is about more than restating the banefulness of the Bush/Blair invasion; the stakes are much higher than a schoolyard game of "we told you so." Rather, by rehearsing this original sin over and over again, we remind ourselves of the dubious material track record of those that claim their violence can be a tool of liberation.
Indeed, in Russian cultural consciousness (though not of the early Soviet period when it was a symbol of momentous progress towards utopia) the train has traditionally been represented as a site of banefulness, danger and impending catastrophe, even apocalypse.
The Revolution had not the banefulness which he supposed.