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baleful

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of baleful

  1. 1 being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come a dark, baleful sky portending a tornado Synonyms of baleful ominous, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, ill, ill-boding, inauspicious, menacing, minatory, portentous, sinister, threateningWords Related to baleful black, bleak, cheerless, chill, Cimmerian, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dim, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, dreich [chiefly Scottish], elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, plutonian, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, sunless, tenebrific, tenebrous, wretched; discouraging, disheartening, hopeless, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious; ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, troubled, unfortunate, unlucky; evil, malign, malignantNear Antonyms of baleful auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious, prosperousAntonyms of baleful unthreatening

  2. 2 causing or capable of causing harm contends that the violent content of so much of popular entertainment is a baleful influence on our society Synonyms of baleful adverse, bad, harmful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wickedWords Related to baleful hostile, inimical, unfriendly; contagious, deadly, infectious, infective, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, poisonous, venomous; insidious, menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling (or imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; destructive, fatal, killer, lethal, malignant, ruinousNear Antonyms of baleful advantageous, beneficial, useful; favorable, good, propitious; curative, healthful, healthy, helpful, palliative, remedial, salubrious, salutary, wholesome; secure, sound; benignant; noncorrosive, nondestructive, nonfatal, noninfectious, nonlethal, nonpoisonous, nonpolluting, nontoxic, nonvenomousAntonyms of baleful anodyne, benign, harmless, hurtless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, safe

  3. 3 likely to cause or capable of causing death a medicine that is beneficial in small doses but baleful in large Synonyms of baleful deadly, deathly, fatal, fell, killer, lethal, mortal, murderous, pestilent, terminal, vitalWords Related to baleful baneful, deleterious, destructive, harmful, injurious, noxious, pernicious, truculent; infectious, infective, pestilential, poisonous, sublethal, toxic, virulent; dangerous, grave, grievous, hazardous, jeopardizing, menacing, parlous, perilous, risky, serious, threatening, ugly, unhealthy, unsound; bloody, internecine, sanguinary, sanguineNear Antonyms of baleful beneficial, restorative, salubrious, salutary; alleviative, corrective, curative, remedial, tonic; advantageous, beneficial, useful; nonpoisonous, nontoxic, safeAntonyms of baleful healthful, healthy, nonfatal, nonlethal, wholesome

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


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