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grim adj
1 not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood" [syn: inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting]
2 shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "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" [syn: ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre]
3 harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit" [syn: black, mordant]
4 causing dejection; "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" [syn: blue, dark, depressing, disconsolate, dismal, dispiriting, gloomy]
5 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 [syn: dour, forbidding]
6 characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom; "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" [syn: gloomy, darkening] [also: grimmest, grimmer]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From grim.

Pronunciation

/grɪm/

Adjective

  1. dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding
    • It was grim in the northern industrial town
  2. rigid and unrelenting
    • His grim determination enabled him to win
  3. ghastly or sinister
    • The grim castle overshadowed the village

Translations

dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding
rigid and unrelenting
ghastly or sinister

Danish

Adjective

grim

Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *grimmaz, from Indo-European *ghrem- ‘to thunder’. Cognate with Old Saxon grim, Old High German grim (German grimm), Old Norse grimmr (Danish grim), Swedish grym; and with Greek χρεμίζω, Old Church Slavonic грьмѣти (Russian греметь), Latvian gremt.

Pronunciation

/grɪm/

Adjective

grim

Extensive Definition

Grim may refer to:

See also

grim in German: Grim
grim in Dutch: Grim

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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