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Word: Baleful

Baleful [Adjective]

Sentence: Out of nowhere, a huge fad sweeps the country. It dominates social media and leads to a blizzard of think pieces, which are followed almost immediately by a backlash, as critics warn of the fad’s baleful consequences. Eventually, people get bored and move on to something new. (Source: www.newyorker.com)

Meaning: Menacing; Sinister; Deadly

How To Remember?

Christian Bale played the role of the psychopath Patrick Bateman in the 2000 year movie “American Psycho“. It was a memorable performance as the protagonist of the plot is shown to live his violent fantasies hurting and killing people. Watch the movie if you haven’t yet!

Christian Bale‘s performance in that movie might just help you remember the meaning of the word “baleful“!


Baneful; Pernicious; Acrimonious.

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[A scene from the movie “American Psycho“.]

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