baleful

[ beyl-fuhl ]
/ ˈbeɪl fəl /

adjective

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

Origin of baleful

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

Related forms

bale·ful·ly, adverbbale·ful·ness, noun

Can be confused

baleful baneful
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British Dictionary definitions for baleful

baleful

/ (ˈbeɪlfʊl) /

adjective

harmful, menacing, or vindictive
archaic dejected

Derived Forms

balefully, adverbbalefulness, noun
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