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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLEAK

He stood off from us with his arms folded and his face was as bleak as a winter-bitten wood.

The morning was cold, and a strong wind swept the bleak hills.

A dense forest was behind them, the bleak ocean before them.

His bleak face looked soft and his deep voice had a slight tremor.

In front the day-break was bursting the confines of the bleak racks of cloud.

It was raining, the long stretches of salt marsh were windswept and brown and bleak.

Only bleak, black and gray hills of rock and rubble were there, no cars, no life.

"It's about as bleak a place for a house as a man could pick," Lambert agreed.

Sunday was bleak and stormy, and no one stirred out of the house.

The mountains were devoid of vegetation, bleak and bare and black.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BLEAK

biting

adjectivepiercing, sharp
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