Definitions for balefulˈbeɪl fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bale•fulˈbeɪl fəl(adj.)

  1. menacing or malign; threatening evil:

    baleful glances.

  2. Archaic. wretched; miserable.

Origin of baleful:

bef. 1000; ME; OE bealofull. See bale2, -ful


Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, baneful(adj)

    deadly or sinister

    "the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look"

  2. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening(adj)

    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"


  1. baleful(Adjective)

    Portending evil; ominous.

  2. baleful(Adjective)

    Miserable, wretched, distressed, suffering.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baleful(adj)

    full of deadly or pernicious influence; destructive

  2. Baleful(adj)

    full of grief or sorrow; woeful; sad

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evil or harmful

a baleful influence.

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