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baleful

adjective uk   /ˈbeɪl.fəl/ literary us  
threatening to do something bad or to hurt someone: He gave me a baleful look. his baleful influence
balefully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
She glared balefully at me.
Translations of “baleful”
in Spanish siniestro, vil, ignominioso…
in French sinistre…
in German unheilvoll…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡毒的, 威脅的…
in Russian злобный, мрачный…
in Turkish kötü, kızgın, fena…
in Chinese (Simplified) 恶毒的, 威胁的…
in Polish złowrogi…
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