high in dangerous or pernicious impact destructive
- deadly or sinister
- threatening or foreshadowing wicked or tragic advancements
- Full of lethal or pernicious impact; destructive.
- filled with grief or sorrow; woeful; sad.
Old English bealu-full "dire, sinful, harsh," with -ful + bealu "harm, injury, ruin, bad, mischief, wickedness, a noxious thing," from Proto-Germanic *balwom (cognates: Old Saxon balu, Old Frisian balu "evil," Old High German balo "destruction," Old Norse bol, Gothic balwjan "to torment"), from PIE root *bhelu- "to harm." During Anglo-Saxon times, the noun was in poetic only use (in substances such bealubenn "mortal injury," bealu
(a.) saturated in life-threatening or pernicious influence; destructive.
- (a.) packed with grief or sorrow; woeful; unfortunate.
How far he was personally responsible for the Anglican Settlement, the Poor Laws, and the foreign policy of the reign, how far he was thwarted by the baleful influence of Leicester and the caprices of the queen, remains to a large extent a matter of conjecture.