Definition of Baleful

1. Adjective. Deadly or sinister. "The Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look"

Exact synonyms: Baneful
Similar to: Maleficent
Derivative terms: Balefulness



2. Adjective. Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments. "The situation became ugly"
Exact synonyms: Forbidding, Menacing, Minacious, Minatory, Ominous, Sinister, Threatening
Similar to: Alarming
Derivative terms: Balefulness, Omen

Definition of Baleful

1. a. Full of deadly or pernicious influence; destructive.

Definition of Baleful

1. Adjective. Portending evil; ominous. ¹

2. Adjective. Miserable, wretched, distressed, suffering. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Baleful

1. menacing [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Baleful

baldwin
baldy
bale
bale out
bale up
balearic
balearica
baled
baled out
baleen
baleen whale
baleen whales
baleens
balefire
balefires
baleful (current term)
balefull
balefully
balefulness
balefulnesses
balenological
balenology
baler
balers
bales
bales out
balibago
balibuntal
baling
baling out

Literary usage of Baleful

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1. The History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760-1776 by Carl Lotus Becker (1908)
"And upon the repeated refusal of the deputies t« disband, he prepared to call out the whole state reserve. THE baleful INFLUENCE OF POLITICS The ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The baleful educational law of 1879 confirmed the Catholics in this position. In 1883, Schaepman substituted the draft of his programme, which led to the ..."

3. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William Buck Dana (1853)
"Soon the baleful emanations of distillery adjuncts must fail; th« cow-prisons of New York and Williamsburgh must disgorge their wretched population to ..."

4. The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles: Ed. Under the Authority of the by Ezra Stiles (1901)
"... Morals among the numerous Chhs. under their Care, & for counteracting the baleful Influence of Infidelity & Profaneness so sadly prevalent in our Land. ..."

5. Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries by Edward Bagby Pollard, Mitchell Carroll, Alfred Brittain, Pierce Butler, John Robert Effinger, Hugo Paul Thieme, Hermann Schoenfeld, Bartlett Burleigh James, John Ruse Larus (1908)
"Homicide was frequently one of the effects of the baleful practice, and generally occurred under conditions that made it difficult to fix the guilt. ..."

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