bale fulness

baleful

[beyl-fuhl]
adjective
1.
full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
2.
Obsolete. wretched; miserable.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bealofull. See bale2, -ful

balefully, adverb
balefulness, noun

baleful, baneful.


1. harmful, malign, injurious, detrimental; evil, wicked; deadly.
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baleful (ˈbeɪlfʊl)
 
adj
1.  harmful, menacing, or vindictive
2.  archaic dejected
 
'balefully
 
adv
 
'balefulness
 
n

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baleful
O.E. bealu-full, from bealu "harm, injury, ruin, evil, mischief, wickedness, a noxious thing," from P.Gmc. *balwom (cf. O.S. balu, O.Fris. balu "evil," O.H.G. balo "destruction," O.N. bol, Gothic balwjan "to torment"), from PIE base *bheleu- "to beat." During Anglo-Saxon times, in poetic use only (e.g.
bealubenn "mortal wound," bealuðonc "evil thought"), and for long it was extinct, but revived by modern romantic poets.
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