Definition of baneful in English:



  • See bane

    • ‘And this huge and baneful force, this disease of the mind, has once again had its customary consequence.’
    • ‘Second, declarations about the baneful influence of popular culture gloss over the dearth of evidence supporting a causal link between watching portrayals of violence and engaging in violent behavior.’
    • ‘Unlike most mayors, he saw that social problem solving goes beyond the province of experts, planners, and managers and that most baneful of concepts, ‘delivering services.’’
    • ‘We campaigned for the lessening of the baneful influences of powerful advertisers and pressure groups in general.’
    • ‘In many places in Britain, it was customary to light huge bonfires in the fields to ward off baneful influences, often accompanied by much partying.’