adjective \-fəl\

: threatening harm or evil

: harmful or deadly

Full Definition of BALEFUL

:  deadly or pernicious in influence <baleful effects>
:  foreboding or threatening evil <a baleful look>
bale·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
bale·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of BALEFUL

  1. the baleful effects of water pollution
  2. <a dark, baleful sky portending a tornado>

First Known Use of BALEFUL

before 12th century

Rhymes with BALEFUL


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