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Examples of baleful in a Sentence
the baleful effects of water pollution
a dark, baleful sky portending a tornado
Recent Examples of baleful from the Web
Both were ordered by the regional commander of imperial forces in Taiwan and were meant to ward off the baleful influences of nature in this once-remote area.
Whatever the other factors, Mr. Comey has become a singularly baleful figure to people who worked on her campaign.
The bleakness is relieved by the rituals of tension—spot the many dogs that stray into view, and listen for the smashing of glass—and by Mungiu’s baleful pastiche of a happy ending.
With her conspicuously burned hand and slightly cowed demeanor, this Mag isn’t the baleful, suffocating force that Ms. Manahan was.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a substantial margin—more than two and a half million votes—but, under the baleful metrics of our Electoral College, the outcome was not especially close.
The accompanying photographs of Shaun Tan’s baleful sculptures (see right) show objects with the power of tribal fetishes that at the same time exude ambiguity.
Soon thereafter, rumors of a baleful Bozo moved south to Mulhouse, France, so five local teens formed an anti-clown task force.
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First Known Use of baleful
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of baleful
BALEFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of baleful for English Language Learners
: threatening harm or evil
: harmful or deadly
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