AskDefine | Define baleful

Dictionary Definition

baleful adj
1 deadly or sinister; "the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look" [syn: baneful]
2 threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly" [syn: forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening, ugly]

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English

Etymology

Old English bealofull.

Pronunciation

  • /beɪlfəl/

Adjective

  1. Portending evil; ominous.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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