View definitions for grim


adjective as in hopeless, bleak

adjective as in stern, forbidding in appearance

adjective as in unrelenting

adjective as in horrible in manner or appearance

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The Council is also set to hear from city staff Tuesday on the grim five-year outlook for funding all the necessary improvements to the city’s roads, streets, drains, pipes and all the rest.

It’s because of surfing that I still know how to smile when things are otherwise grim.

Regulators increasingly viewed Amazon as a threat to competition, and the company’s own workers at times told grim tales about their mistreatment, as they sought to carry out Bezos’s mission to create a consumer-first “everything store.”

He warned it will be a months-long and difficult process to distribute vaccines, and characterized himself as a “straight shooter” for offering that grim timeline.

If one can summon any optimism nearly a year into a grim and persistent pandemic, this is the moment to do it.

From Vox

These were conversations that took a fairly grim twist pretty quickly.

The grim instability of shelter life is hardly a recipe for success under the best of circumstances.

But if the goal is to maintain any hope—grim as it is— for serious negotiations leading to a two state solution.

Alan Gross was in a cheery mood, having survived a grim five-year stint in a Cuban prison.

The worst may be over for many of the refugees, but their first look at life in Europe is pretty grim.

But Ulm was only the commencement of the campaign, and even after Austerlitz Napoleon pursued the enemy with grim resolution.

War turns them from making the glittering superfluities of peace to making its grim engines of destruction.

As he read, a look of surprise came over his face, and then his countenance grew stern and grim.

Taking his stand at the end of the desk, he made MacRae reiterate in detail the grim happenings of that night.

By every art known to the wily Porter did he try to mislead his pursuers; but they hung on to his trail like grim death.


On this page you'll find 161 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to grim, such as: bleak, dire, hopeless, discouraging, gloomy, and harsh.

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