baleful

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adjective bale·ful \-fəl\

Definition of baleful

  1. 1 :  deadly or pernicious in influence baleful effects

  2. 2 :  foreboding or threatening evil gave him a baleful look

balefully

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balefulness

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Examples of baleful in a Sentence

  1. the baleful effects of water pollution

  2. a dark, baleful sky portending a tornado

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Before 12th Century

First Known Use of baleful

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of baleful

sinister, baleful, malign mean seriously threatening evil or disaster. sinister suggests a general or vague feeling of fear or apprehension on the part of the observer. a sinister aura haunts the place baleful imputes perniciousness or destructiveness to something whether working openly or covertly. exerting a corrupt and baleful influence malign applies to what is inherently evil or harmful. the malign effects of racism

BALEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

baleful

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Definition of baleful for English Language Learners

  • : threatening harm or evil

  • : harmful or deadly



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