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baleful

[beyl-fuh l] /ˈbeɪl fəl/
adjective
1.
full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
2.
Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bealofull. See bale2, -ful
Related forms
balefully, adverb
balefulness, noun
Can be confused
baleful, baneful.
Synonyms
1. harmful, malign, injurious, detrimental; evil, wicked; deadly.
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Examples for balefully
  • We watch a snake-necked plesiosaur as it sprawls beached and dying, its head swaying balefully.
  • Should you spy one, eye it balefully and shake your head.
  • And there are things more balefully creasy than the wedgy two-door into which the same drivetrain has been shoehorned.
  • In a moment it might roar balefully through the trees.
British Dictionary definitions for balefully

baleful

/ˈbeɪlfʊl/
adjective
1.
harmful, menacing, or vindictive
2.
(archaic) dejected
Derived Forms
balefully, adverb
balefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for balefully
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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