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English adjective: grim

1. grim not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty


SamplesGrim determination.
Grim necessity.
Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty.
Relentless persecution.
The stern demands of parenthood.


Synonymsinexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting


Similarimplacable


Antonymsplacable

2. grim shockingly repellent; inspiring horror


SamplesGhastly wounds.
The grim aftermath of the bombing.
The grim task of burying the victims.
A grisly murder.
Gruesome evidence of human sacrifice.
Macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages.
Macabre tortures conceived by madmen.


Synonymsghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick


Similaralarming


Antonymsunalarming

3. grim harshly ironic or sinister


SamplesBlack humor.
A grim joke.
Grim laughter.
Fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit.


Synonymsblack, mordant


Similarsarcastic


Antonymsunsarcastic

4. grim harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance


SamplesA dour, self-sacrificing life.
A forbidding scowl.
A grim man loving duty more than humanity.
Undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw.


Synonymsdour, forbidding


Similarunpleasant


Antonymspleasant

5. grim filled with melancholy and despondency


SamplesGloomy at the thought of what he had to face.
Gloomy predictions.
A gloomy silence.
Took a grim view of the economy.
The darkening mood.
Lonely and blue in a strange city.
Depressed by the loss of his job.
A dispirited and resigned expression on her face.
Downcast after his defeat.
Feeling discouraged and downhearted.


Synonymsblue, depressed, dispirited, down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, low, low-spirited


Similardejected


Antonymselated

6. grim causing dejection


SamplesA blue day.
The dark days of the war.
A week of rainy depressing weather.
A disconsolate winter landscape.
The first dismal dispiriting days of November.
A dark gloomy day.
Grim rainy weather.


Synonymsblue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, sorry


Similarcheerless, depressing, uncheerful


Antonymscheerful









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