baleful

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From Old English bealofull.

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baleful ‎(comparative more baleful, superlative most baleful)

  1. Portending evil; ominous.
    • 1674, John Milton: Paradise Lost (Book I)
      round he throws his baleful eyes, that witnessed huge affliction and dismay.
    • 1873, James Thomson (B.V.), The City of Dreadful Night
      The street-lamps burn amid the baleful glooms,
      Amidst the soundless solitudes immense
      Of ranged mansions dark and still as tombs.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XII, p. 194, [1]
      [] he went off alone with his family, and, watched by the day's red baleful eye, pumped the pump-car homeward, []
  2. Miserable, wretched, distressed, suffering.

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