full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
Obsolete. wretched; miserable.

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

balefully, adverb
balefulness, noun

baleful, baneful.

1. harmful, malign, injurious, detrimental; evil, wicked; deadly. Unabridged
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baleful (ˈbeɪlfʊl)
1.  harmful, menacing, or vindictive
2.  archaic dejected

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Authenticity now dominates our way of viewing ourselves and our relationships,
  with baleful consequences.
The polls corroborate the baleful economic portents.
But this time the scare is about more than bad mortgage loans and their baleful
  effect on the credit markets.
There would be rides on the beach on baleful donkeys, and tooth-jarring,
  solid-sugar candy called rock.
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