baleful


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bale·ful

 (bāl′fəl)
adj.
1. Portending evil; ominous: The guard's baleful glare frightened the children.
2. Harmful or malignant in intent or effect: a baleful influence.

[Middle English, from Old English bealoful : bealu, bale, evil + -ful, -ful; see -ful.]

bale′ful·ly adv.
bale′ful·ness n.
Usage Note: Baleful and baneful overlap in meaning, but baleful usually applies to something that is menacing or foreshadows evil: a baleful look. Baneful most often describes that which is actually harmful or destructive: baneful effects of their foreign policy.

baleful

(ˈbeɪlfʊl)
adj
1. harmful, menacing, or vindictive
2. archaic dejected
ˈbalefully adv
ˈbalefulness n

bale•ful

(ˈbeɪl fəl)

adj.
1. menacing or malign; threatening evil: baleful glances.
2. Archaic. wretched; miserable.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English bealofull. See bale2, -ful]
bale′ful•ly, adv.
bale′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.baleful - deadly or sinisterbaleful - deadly or sinister; "the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look"
maleficent - harmful or evil in intent or effect
2.baleful - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsbaleful - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

baleful

baleful

adjective
Strongly suggestive of great harm, menace, or evil:
Translations
ذو تأْثيرٍ سيّء
škodlivýzlý
dårligskadelig
illur, skaîlegur; óheillavænlegur
pražūtingaipražūtingas
kaitīgsļaunspostošs

baleful

[ˈbeɪlfʊl] ADJ [influence, presence] → funesto, siniestro; [look, stare] → torvo, hosco
to give sb a baleful lookdirigir a algn una mirada torva or hosca, mirar a algn de forma torva or hosca

baleful

[ˈbeɪlfʊl] adj [stare, glance] → funeste; [influence, presence] → maléfique

baleful

adj
(= evil)böse; look (of bull etc)stier
(= sad)traurig

baleful

[ˈbeɪlfʊl] adj (look) → malevolo/a

baleful

(ˈbeilful) adjective
evil or harmful. a baleful influence.
ˈbalefully adverb
References in classic literature ?
But sliding down the ropes like baleful comets, the two Canallers rushed into the uproar, and sought to drag their man out of it towards the forecastle.
Many of the men sprang forward, officiously, to offer their services, either from the hope of the reward, or from that cringing subserviency which is one of the most baleful effects of slavery.
So perish sailor and bark; And this, with her baleful singing, Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
It was a baleful choice and seemed to hold some secret and subtle association with the situation and general progress of events; or at any rate there was apparently some obscure reason for the energy and vim with which the scholars shouted the choral invitation again and again:--
After it had passed away, they were ten times merrier than before, from the mere relief of Scrooge the Baleful being done with.
I have but an indistinct idea of what happened for some time after this baleful object presented itself to my view.
The Jew sate with his mouth a-gape, and his eyes fixed on the savage baron with such earnestness of terror, that his frame seemed literally to shrink together, and to diminish in size while encountering the fierce Norman's fixed and baleful gaze.
The archers dropped upon one knee as he passed, but he gave them a single baleful look and was gone.
And then a light flashed out upon the darkness of the tower chamber, and there stood Sarkoja, her gleaming, baleful eyes fixed in a frenzy of loathing and contempt upon my mother.
They seemed to swarm over the place all at once, till the lamplight, shining on their moving dark bodies and glittering, baleful eyes, made the place look like a bank of earth set with fireflies.
He sprang on the horse of a Blackfoot warrior whom he had slain, and escaping at full speed, brought home the baleful tidings to his village.
Then Newman reflected that these are mighty mysteries, that possibly he himself was indeed that baleful and barely mentionable thing, a cynic, and that his manner of considering the treasures of art and the privileges of life was probably very base and immoral.