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baleful | balefulness

baleful balefulness
expressing anger, hatred, or menace
  • How to Memorize
    • baleful - menacing
  • Analysis

    Something ‘baleful’ is menacing. It does not express harm done, it instead describes something that threatens harm. It is most commonly used in the context of a look or sound. The word can also be used in relation to a dangerous or corrupting influence.

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  • Example(s)
    1. When I spoke over Tom in the meeting, he gave me a baleful look. Clearly he was furious.

    2. Claire is a clever student, but Pauline’s baleful influence over her is holding her back.

    3. Last night, the balefulness of the sounds I could hear coming from the woods made me feel very uneasy.