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grim

grim

 
 
pronunciation:
grIm
part of speech: adjective
inflections: grimmer, grimmest
definition 1: stern and unrelenting; harsh.
We came to a grim decision.You'll just have to face the grim facts.These are the grim realities of life for these children.
synonyms:
brutal, harsh, stern, unbending
antonyms:
lenient
similar words:
adamant, dour, inexorable, stark, strict, uncompromising, unrelenting
definition 2: having a gruesome, repellent, or sinister character; horrible.
The grim specter of a civil war loomed in the minds of the leaders.The battlefield, strewn with the bodies of soldiers, was a grim sight to behold.
synonyms:
brutal, forbidding, formidable, gruesome, morbid, ominous, repellent, sinister
antonyms:
pleasant
similar words:
fearsome, ghastly, horrendous, horrible, lowering, macabre, repugnant
definition 3: lacking cheerfulness or hope, or providing little reason to hope; gloomy; harsh.
The prison cells were dark and grim.The government has to face the grim prospect of the famine continuing.His chances of winning appear grim at this point.The judge's expression was grim as she passed sentence on the defendant.The doctor gave him a grim prognosis.
synonyms:
depressing, dismal, dreary, gloomy, morbid
antonyms:
bright, cheerful, hopeful, lighthearted, sunny
similar words:
cheerless, dismal, dreary, miserable, morose, somber, sullen
derivations: grimly (adv.), grimness (n.)