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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Definitions for baleful

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

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Citations for baleful
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
Origin of baleful
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Baleful stems from the Old English word bealu-full meaning "dire, wicked, cruel."