Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being baleful.
- n. The characteristic of being baleful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being baleful.
- n. the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
“Here the technique of under-describing, withholding, comes startlingly to the fore, that other great technique for communicating balefulness.”
“Matters were not helped by the presence of Alex, whose totally withdrawn silence and dark, bitter and brooding countenance could be all too easily misinterpreted as balefulness: the von Karajans were not to know that Alex regarded his parents, whom he held in vast respect and affection, with exactly the same expression.”
“At this, she looked full upon him, and already she had something in the nature of a surprise for him; for so powerful was the still balefulness of her glance that he was slightly startled.”
“The girl's indifference could not be real; and if it was not, her good acting only betrayed the depths of her experience and balefulness.”
“Regarding politics and the art of government as, equally with arms, their natural vocations, they have never given the Nation a statesman, and their greatest politicians achieved eminence by advocating ideas which only attracted attention by their balefulness.”
“Although her picturesqueness did not swarm on him with images illuminating night, subduing day, like the Countess Livia's, it was marked, it could tower and intermittently eclipse; and it was of the uplifting and healing kind by comparison, not a delicious balefulness.”
“Under the paternal demeanor all anyone ever detected was a terrible waste balefulness.”
“Their pages are scattered with nonchalance and balefulness, which all seem rather out of place now. ”
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