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Definition threatening or harmful
  • She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
baleful = threatening or harmful
  • The budget cuts had a baleful effect on education.
  • And platoons left, squads right, had stilt-muscled themselves to fitful rest, to baleful glare, itching for the match to whiff out.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • baleful = threatening
  • His eyes were baleful and cold.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • baleful = threatening
  • The second nurse fixed me with a baleful eye.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • baleful = threatening
  • Polyphemus's eyelids narrowed over his baleful milky eye, as if he were trying to see Clarisse more clearly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • baleful = threatening
  • Harry stared at it and the bird looked balefully back, making its gagging noise again.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • balefully = in a threatening manner
  • Glaring balefully over the top of her red-framed eyeglasses, she said...
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • balefully = in a threatening manner
  • ...while the young dudes in hooded sweatshirts stare balefully at the strange, bowlegged old white lady in Nikes and red sweats who slowly hobbles up the three flights of dark, urine-smelling stairs on arthritic knees to visit her best friend, Mrs. Ingram in apartment 3G.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • balefully = in a threatening manner
  • Rawlins eyed balefully that cauterized terrain.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • balefully = in a threatening manner
  • He must have been twelve feet tall and was dressed in robes of golden silk that were at odds with his head, which was that of a baleful red wolf.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The remaining women glared ever more balefully at Eugenides, drawing their ranks around their besieged queen.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Baleful, unrelenting, they hid yet betrayed the fury and disaster behind them.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The newborn shot a baleful glare at Jane, her lips pressed tightly together.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The moon was higher now, its baleful face broad enough to fill the eastern horizon.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Edward was truly snarling now, the sound ripping and tearing from him, glaring at Aro with baleful eyes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Meanwhile, Ch'idzigyaak sat to the side staring rather balefully at the hunters, making them feel uncomfortable.
    Velma Wallis  --  Two Old Women
  • I could hear the demons astir in the sally port, and I could see them fixing their baleful, inexhaustibly evil stares up on fourth division.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He's tracking us," Edward announced, glaring balefully at Laurent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The raven shrieked its displeasure and flapped up to a bedpost to glare down balefully at him through the predawn gloom.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons

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