full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
She will unearth more than their remains in a quest that becomes a journey of baleful discovery and painful self-discovery.
Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’ Jack Schwartz May 11, 2014
The boat which has been tethered to the weird, baleful shore is set free, and sails toward the glories of the morning.
My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year John Henry Jowett
Of all mortal possessions they are the most useless, mischievous, and baleful.
Imogen William Godwin
If we reject it the vivid colors will grow pale; it will be a baleful meteor, portending tempest and war.
Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3. Benson J. Lossing
THEN the baleful fiend its fire belched out, and bright homes burned.
It is not its power, but its treachery that is dreadful—the guise of friendship hiding a baleful purpose underneath.
The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Richard paled under the baronet’s baleful, half-sneering glance.
Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
It was hard to smile at the bright, baleful face with the menace in the eyes.
A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
This was, of course, Mary Grey, bound upon her baleful errand.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Everyone inherits something from the baleful institution, but not everyone the same.
The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
harmful, menacing, or vindictive
Old English bealu-full “dire, wicked, cruel,” from bealu “harm, injury, ruin, evil, mischief, wickedness, a noxious thing,” from Proto-Germanic *balwom (cf. Old Saxon balu, Old Frisian balu “evil,” Old High German balo “destruction,” Old Norse bol, Gothic balwjan “to torment”), from PIE root *bheleu- “to beat.” During Anglo-Saxon times, the noun was in poetic use only (e.g. bealubenn “mortal wound,” bealuðonc “evil thought”), and for long baleful was extinct, but it was revived by modern romantic poets. Related: Balefully.
- Bale out
to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket. to clear of water by dipping (usually followed by out): to bail out a boat. to bail water. Also, bailer. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing. bail out, to make a parachute jump from an airplane. to relieve or assist (a […]
Bildad. Historical Examples Baldad again reproves Job and describes the miseries of the wicked. The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version Various
- Balearic islands
a group of islands including Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca, and constituting a province of Spain in the W Mediterranean Sea. 1936 sq. mi. (5015 sq. km). Capital: Palma. Contemporary Examples The former regional premier of the Balearic Islands, Jaume Matas, has been indicted and is now free on a €3 million bond. Iñaki Urdangarin, Spain’s […]
a capable, efficient housewife, especially a traditional Jewish one, devoted to maintaining a well-run home.