What is the meaning of grim?


  • Not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty.
    • usage: "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"
  • Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror.
    • usage: "ghastly 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"
  • Harshly ironic or sinister.
    • usage: "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning. .. To savage mordant wit"
  • Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance."a 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- J. M. Barrie
  • Filled with melancholy and despondency .
    • usage: "gloomy 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"
  • Causing dejection.
    • usage: "a 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"
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