But today, in the hot field of neuroscience, the trendy view, Michael Gazzaniga writes, is the “bleak view.”
Preston was an impoverished and bleak place—so much so that Charles Dickens based his novel Hard Times on the city.
I've been wanting to avoid all this bleak West Virginia news, but I just can't do that and consider myself an honest person.
Also on display is a bleak landscape of an Ireland hit particularly hard by the recession.
When people come to bleak House, I have a very hefty horror section, for sure, but the biggest section is comedy.
"It's about as bleak a place for a house as a man could pick," Lambert agreed.
The lurid morning revealed to them but a raging sea and a bleak and barren expanse, where no game could be found.
We said no more about it, nor did he say a word about the future of bleak House.
While thus harassed with anxiety, the cold blasts of approaching winter swept the bleak plains.
But her little feet were wounded and sore, and everything around her looked cold and bleak.
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."