from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a baleful manner.
  • Calamitously; perniciously; noxiously.
  • Miserably; unhappily; painfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a baleful manner; perniciously.

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  • adverb In a baleful manner.

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  • adverb in a baleful manner


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