[ UK /ɡɹˈɪm/ ]
[ US /ˈɡɹɪm/ ]
  1. causing dejection
    a blue day
    grim rainy weather
    the dark days of the war
    the first dismal dispiriting days of November
    a week of rainy depressing weather
    a dark gloomy day
    a disconsolate winter landscape
  2. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    the grim task of burying the victims
    macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages
    macabre tortures conceived by madmen
    the grim aftermath of the bombing
    gruesome evidence of human sacrifice
    ghastly wounds
    a grisly murder
  3. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw
    a forbidding scowl
    a dour, self-sacrificing life
    a grim man loving duty more than humanity
  4. harshly ironic or sinister
    fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit
    grim laughter
    a grim joke
    black humor
  5. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
    grim necessity
    grim determination
    relentless persecution
    Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty
    the stern demands of parenthood
  6. filled with melancholy and despondency
    gloomy predictions
    downcast after his defeat
    depressed by the loss of his job
    feeling discouraged and downhearted
    a dispirited and resigned expression on her face
    gloomy at the thought of what he had to face
    the darkening mood
    lonely and blue in a strange city
    a gloomy silence
    took a grim view of the economy
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How To Use grim In A Sentence

  • This was just a few years after Lord Byron woke to find Child Harold's Pilgrimage in the bookshops and himself famous, as it were, overnight.
  • Grim, sure, but true - not to mention ruthlessly egalitarian, which is why people rarely lob the P-word at those whose answer to life is, "Who knows? Why I love Carolyn Hax
  • Ms. Miller's imprisonment for civil contempt of court was less a perfect storm — to use one of the press 'hoarier clichés to characterize a grim convergence of unpleasant events — as it was a brownout, a distressing midsummer sign that a full power outage is on its way. The Great D.C. Plame-Out, Or: Novak, Lord of the Journo-Flies
  • Rosie decides that a maternity fashion show highlighting her latest collection would be the perfect shower event because that is in no way a conflict of interest, and we soon learn the real motivation behind this choice -- a model casting montage in which LT wears a sequined capelet the color of Grimace from McDonaldland and tells the models to "serve and deliver. Una LaMarche: Pregnant in Heels Ep. 5: Serve and Deliver
  • The Lord ministered to her, offering unconditional love and acceptance and washing her clean from the grime of her experience. Growing Through Loss and Grief
  • Need-wrack and grim nithing, of night-bales the greatest. The Tale of Beowulf Sometime King of the Folk of the Weder Geats
  • Photographs of Ayesha were appearing in all the papers, and the pilgrims even passed advertising hoardings on which the lepidopteral beauty had been painted three times as large as life, beside slogans reading _Our cloths also are as delicate as a butterfly's wing_, or suchlike. The Satanic Verses
  • The father then undertakes his own pilgrimage along the same route. Times, Sunday Times
  • They regularly mispronounce their Js in names begriming with JO, but not elsewhere. Gallstones of the Unexamined Life « Unknowing
  • Instead of the grim faces of commuters on their way into work, people were bleary-eyed but smiling for no particular reason.
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