What is it about bleakness and tedium that are so attractive, other than the fact that most people instinctively recoil from it?
The beauty of this image and the bleakness of its meaning hang suspended in perfect balance.
Outside, on the bleakness of the avenue where the president lives, Washington looked anything but normal.
One act chronicles the bleakness of living under Capitol rule in Panem.
A bleakness and melancholy seemed to encompass the spot on this sombre day.
The warmth of the room was very agreeable in contrast to the bleakness of out-doors.
The uncultivated part of the country has the usual Tibetan aspect of bleakness and sterility.
And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.
We had wanted to see the green hills of old Ireland and here were blackness and bleakness and crowded humanity.
There was a bleakness about the situation which made one gasp.
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."