baleful

Baleful means the foreshadowing of tragic or evil events. If no one's listening in class and your teacher reprimands you with a baleful glance, expect a pop quiz.

If your car breaks down and you take refuge in a deserted mansion, you might huddle under a dusty blanket and find yourself thinking that the wind moaning at the windows sounds baleful — maybe it's really the voice of a young woman murdered in the very bed where you sleep?

Definitions of baleful
1

adj threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

“a baleful look”
Synonyms:
forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening
alarming
frightening because of an awareness of danger

adj deadly or sinister

“the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look”
Synonyms:
baneful
maleficent
harmful or evil in intent or effect

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