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GRIM (grimmer, grimmest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does grim mean? 

GRIM (adjective)
  The adjective GRIM has 6 senses:

1. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
2. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
3. harshly ironic or sinister
4. causing dejection
5. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
6. characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom

  Familiarity information: GRIM used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GRIM (adjective)


Sense 1grim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

Synonyms:

grim; inexorable; relentless; unrelenting; unappeasable; unforgiving; stern

Context examples:

grim determination / grim necessity / Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty / relentless persecution / the stern demands of parenthood

Similar:

implacable (incapable of being placated)


Sense 2grim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Synonyms:

ghastly; grisly; gruesome; macabre; grim; sick

Context examples:

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

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


Sense 3grim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Harshly ironic or sinister

Synonyms:

mordant; grim; black

Context examples:

black humor / a grim joke / grim laughter / fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit

Similar:

sarcastic (expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds)


Sense 4grim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing dejection

Synonyms:

drear; dismal; depressing; dreary; disconsolate; dispiriting; gloomy; dingy; grim; sorry; drab; dark; blue

Context examples:

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

Similar:

cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)


Sense 5grim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

Synonyms:

forbidding; dour; grim

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)


Sense 6grim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom

Synonyms:

gloomy; darkening; grim

Context examples:

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

Similar:

hopeless (without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success)


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