baleful

  • 1 baleful — baleful, baneful These two somewhat literary words are not much used in everyday language; baleful is slightly better known perhaps than baneful. Since they overlap in meaning, they tend to be confused. Baleful (from bale, ‘misery’) means ‘having …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Baleful — Bale ful (b[=a]l f[.u]l), a. [AS. bealoful. See {Bale} misery.] 1. Full of deadly or pernicious influence; destructive. Baleful enemies. Shak. [1913 Webster] Four infernal rivers that disgorge Into the burning lake their baleful streams. Milton.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 baleful — O.E. bealu full dire, wicked, cruel, 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 root… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 baleful — I adjective bad, baneful, calamitous, damaging, dangerous, deadly, deleterious, despiteful, destructive, detrimental, dire, disadvantageous, evil, harmful, heinous, hurtful, ill omened, inauspicious, insalubrious, lethal, malefic, malevolent,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 baleful — maleficent, malefic, malign, *sinister Analogous words: threatening, menacing (see THREATEN): *ominous, portentous, fateful: hellish, *infernal: diabolical, *fiendish, devilish Antonyms: beneficent Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 baleful — [adj] menacing calamitous, deadly, dire, evil, foreboding, harmful, hurtful, injurious, malevolent, malignant, noxious, ominous, pernicious, ruinous, sinister, threatening, venomous, vindictive, woeful; concepts 537,570 Ant. advantageous,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 baleful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) menacing. 2) having a harmful effect. DERIVATIVES balefully adverb. ORIGIN from an Old English word meaning evil …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 baleful — [bāl′fəl] adj. [ME < OE bealoful < bealu,BALE2 + ful, full] 1. harmful or threatening harm or evil; ominous; deadly 2. Archaic sorrowful; wretched SYN. SINISTER balefully adv. balefulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 baleful — adjective Date: before 12th century 1. deadly or pernicious in influence < baleful effects > 2. foreboding or threatening evil < a baleful look > Synonyms: see sinister • balefully adverb • ba …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 baleful — [[t]be͟ɪlfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Baleful means harmful, or expressing harmful intentions. [LITERARY] He had a baleful look. Derived words: balefully ADV ADV with v He watched balefully as Cassandra walked towards him …

    English dictionary

  • 11 baleful — adjective /beɪlfəl/ a) Portending evil; ominous. round he throws his baleful eyes, that witnessed huge affliction and dismay. b) Miserable, wretched, distressed, suffering …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 baleful — See baleful, baneful …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 13 baleful — adj. Baleful is used with these nouns: ↑glance, ↑glare …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 baleful — bale|ful [ˈbeılfəl] adj literary [: Old English; Origin: bealufull, from bealu evil ] expressing anger, hatred, or a wish to harm someone ▪ a baleful look >balefully adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 baleful — adjective literary expressing anger, hatred, or a wish to harm someone: a baleful look balefully adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 baleful — adjective she saw her rival s reddened, baleful face Syn: menacing, threatening, unfriendly, hostile, antagonistic, evil, evil intentioned, vindictive, wicked, nasty, bitter, acrimonious, malevolent, malicious, malignant, malign, sinister;… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 baleful — bale•ful [[t]ˈbeɪl fəl[/t]] adj. 1) menacing or malign; threatening evil: baleful glances[/ex] 2) archaic wretched; miserable • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE bealofull. See bale II, ful bale′ful•ly, adv. bale′ful•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 baleful — balefully, adv. balefulness, n. /bayl feuhl/, adj. 1. full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious. 2. Obs. wretched; miserable. [bef. 1000; ME; OE bealofull. See BALE2, FUL] Syn. 1. harmful, malign, injurious, detrimental; evil, wicked;… …

    Universalium

  • 19 baleful — Synonyms and related words: apocalyptic, bad, baneful, bitchy, black, bodeful, boding, corroding, corrosive, corrupting, corruptive, counterproductive, cussed, damaging, dark, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, dire, direful, disadvantageous,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 baleful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. hostile; malignant; hurtful, injurious. See badness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. deadly, noxious, sinister, injurious; see harmful , sinister . See Synonym Study at sinister . III (Roget s 3… …

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