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From Middle English balfulli; equivalent to baleful + -ly.
balefully (comparative more balefully, superlative most balefully)
- In a baleful, ominous manner.
- 1971, Richard Carpenter, Catweazle and the Magic Zodiac, Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, page 22:
- The toad stared balefully at his reflection and puffed himself up to show that he wasn't really frightened.
- Alternative form of balfulli