Thomas Edsall offers a bleakly pessimistic assessment of American politics in his new book, The Age of Austerity.
And yet, there was always an astringent, bleakly humorous honesty to the man.
“That is no matter of congratulation with me,” she said bleakly.
Truth came to him bleakly, and laid her chill conviction upon him.
He was bleakly lonely in the evening, when he dined by himself at the Regency Hotel.
They knocked again, waited, then stared at each other bleakly.
She was standing by the window, staring down at the gray, distant desert, her eyes as bleakly empty as it.
The third, clearly one of greater authority, regarded Ross bleakly.
He opened his eyes, and saw, bleakly shadowed, the living room of the Ames house.
She wouldn't get out of the way of evil, but bleakly accepted it.
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."