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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. deadly or sinister;
- Example: "the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look"
[syn: baleful, baneful]

2. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;
- Example: "a baleful look"
- Example: "forbidding thunderclouds"
- Example: "his tone became menacing"
- Example: "ominous rumblings of discontent"
- Example: "sinister storm clouds"
- Example: "a sinister smile"
- Example: "his threatening behavior"
- Example: "ugly black clouds"
- Example: "the situation became ugly"
[syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Baleful \Bale"ful\ (b[=a]l"f[.u]l), a. [AS. bealoful. See Bale misery.] 1. Full of deadly or pernicious influence; destructive. "Baleful enemies." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Four infernal rivers that disgorge Into the burning lake their baleful streams. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Full of grief or sorrow; woeful; sad. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

baleful adj 1: deadly or sinister; "the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look" [syn: baleful, 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: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

82 Moby Thesaurus words for "baleful": apocalyptic, bad, baneful, bitchy, black, bodeful, boding, corroding, corrosive, corrupting, corruptive, counterproductive, cussed, damaging, dark, deadly, deleterious, detrimental, dire, direful, disadvantageous, disserviceable, distressing, doomful, dreary, evil, evil-starred, fateful, foreboding, gloomy, harmful, hateful, hurtful, ill, ill-boding, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, inauspicious, iniquitous, injurious, invidious, lethal, lowering, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, malicious, malign, malignant, mean, menacing, mischievous, nasty, noisome, noxious, of evil portent, ominous, ornery, pernicious, poisonous, portending, portentous, prejudicial, scatheful, sinister, somber, threatening, toxic, unfavorable, unfortunate, unlucky, unpromising, unpropitious, untoward, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, vicious, virulent, wicked