Word of the DayThursday, October 30, 2014
\BEYL-fuhl\ , adjective;
full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
A few looked up to shoot quick baleful glances at Padillo.
-- Ross Thomas, Twilight at Mac's Place, 1990
Even the figures of the baleful group were there, though dimly seen as through a veil — a shadowy veil.
-- Bram Stoker, The Lair of the White Worm, 1911
Baleful stems from the Old English word bealu-full meaning "dire, wicked, cruel."
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