baleful | balefulness

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Meaning(s)

expressing anger, hatred, or menace

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baleful - menacing

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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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  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.

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