baneful

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From bane +‎ -ful.

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baneful (comparative more baneful, superlative most baneful)

  1. (archaic) Poisonous, deadly.
  2. Harmful, injurious.
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 32:
      This contempt of the understanding in early life has more baneful consequences than is commonly supposed […].

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