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Definition 1: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for grim in the sense of this definition

(grim is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

Definition 2: filled with melancholy and despondency - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • lonely and blue in a strange city
  • depressed by the loss of his job
  • a dispirited and resigned expression on her face
  • downcast after his defeat
  • feeling discouraged and downhearted

Synonyms for grim in the sense of this definition

(grim is similar to ...) affected or marked by low spirits

"is dejected but trying to look cheerful"

Definition 3: causing dejection - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for grim in the sense of this definition

(grim is similar to ...) causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

"the economic outlook is depressing" "something cheerless about the room" "a moody and uncheerful person" "an uncheerful place"

Definition 4: not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for grim in the sense of this definition

(grim is similar to ...) incapable of being placated

"an implacable enemy"

Definition 5: harshly ironic or sinister - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for grim in the sense of this definition

(grim is similar to ...) expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

Definition 6: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where grim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for grim in the sense of this definition

(grim is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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