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  • n. The characteristic of being baleful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being baleful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being baleful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality or nature of being harmful or evil


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  • Here the technique of under-describing, withholding, comes startlingly to the fore, that other great technique for communicating balefulness.

    Mieville on Tolkein

  • Matters were not helped by the presence of Alex, whose totally withdrawn silence and dark, bitter and brooding countenance could be all too easily misinterpreted as balefulness: the von Karajans were not to know that Alex regarded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.

    Gentle Julia

  • 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.

    The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight

  • 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.

    The Amazing Marriage — Volume 3

  • Under the paternal demeanor all anyone ever detected was a terrible waste balefulness.

    Pioneers of Alienation and 50s Sci-Fi at Thing Street Asylum

  • Their pages are scattered with nonchalance and balefulness, which all seem rather out of place now. " news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph


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