1. destructive; harmful
1. The assassination of the head of state generally has a baleful effect on the nation's economy.
2. ominous; boding ill for the future
2. The year got off to a baleful start when terrorists attacked the city on New Year's Day.
Baleful ~ bail+ful; when any dangerous convict gets out of jail taking bail, he could be threatening BALEFUL. remind yourself of christian bale. in The Dark Knight. the movie immediately reminds you of Joker. the BALEFUL joker!! when we pronounce this word this word sounds simillar to word painful. and anything painful is always a result of an evil act