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 ?
When the Inquiring Soul had completed his course of instruction he declared himself the Ahkoond of Swat, fell into the baleful habit of standing on his head, and swore that the mother who bore him was a pragmatic paralogism.
His companions in the baleful work seemed to have taken on something of his feeling.
Had it not been for the baleful star on the white tower that early walk would have been a delight to Anne and Gilbert.
So frightful was the situation--the mysterious light burned with so silent and awful a menace; the noxious plants, the trees that by common consent are invested with a melancholy or baleful character, so openly in his sight conspired against his peace; from overhead and all about came so audible and startling whispers and the sighs of creatures so obviously not of earth--that he could endure it no longer, and with a great effort to break some malign spell that bound his faculties to silence and inaction, he shouted with the full strength of his lungs
So perish sailor and bark; And this, with her baleful singing, Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
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.
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.
Again the lord of the wilderness roared, turning his baleful gaze upon the altar.
However, being well filled, he contented himself with walking round the terror-stricken savage, emitting low, menacing growls the while he kept his flaming, baleful eyes riveted upon the black.
Its lighthouse beacon flared through the mist like a baleful star, and was answered by another in the far horizon.
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:--
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.