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grim

[grim] /grɪm/
adjective, grimmer, grimmest.
1.
stern and admitting of no appeasement or compromise:
grim determination; grim necessity.
2.
of a sinister or ghastly character; repellent:
a grim joke.
3.
having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air:
a grim man but a just one; a grim countenance.
4.
fierce, savage, or cruel:
War is a grim business.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German grimm, Old Norse grimmr
Related forms
grimly, adverb
grimness, noun
Synonyms
1. harsh, unyielding. 2. frightful, horrible, dire, appalling, horrid, grisly, gruesome, hideous, dreadful. 3. severe, stern, hard. 4. ferocious, ruthless.
Antonyms
1. lenient. 2. attractive. 3. gentle.
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Examples for grimly
  • It's a grimly understated vision of a post-apocalyptic world.
  • The next day my husband started talking, rather grimly, about flamethrowers.
  • Winter food is not something you have to grimly bear.
  • But the smallest minority of all smiled grimly and rubbed more petroleum jelly on the blast-door gaskets.
  • His grimly businesslike speech was a gritty, almost masochistic exercise in the taking of responsibility.
  • Parents and shoppers bore grimly on, waving the scanner toward this car seat and that crib mattress.
  • Thus as they rode they heard by them a great horse grimly neigh.
  • Her lips were set grimly together, and she carried a small suit-case.
  • It is a grimly compelling chronicle of paternal enabling and filial profligacy.
  • They can be amusing or grimly fascinating to read for a while, but only a while.
British Dictionary definitions for grimly

grim

/ɡrɪm/
adjective grimmer, grimmest
1.
stern; resolute grim determination
2.
harsh or formidable in manner or appearance
3.
harshly ironic or sinister grim laughter
4.
cruel, severe, or ghastly a grim accident
5.
(archaic or poetic) fierce a grim warrior
6.
(informal) unpleasant; disagreeable
7.
hold on like grim death, to hold very firmly or resolutely
Derived Forms
grimly, adverb
grimness, noun
Word Origin
Old English grimm; related to Old Norse grimmr, Old High German grimm savage, Greek khremizein to neigh
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Word Origin and History for grimly
grim
O.E. grimm "fierce, cruel," from P.Gmc. *grimmaz (cf. Ger. grimm, O.N. grimmr, Swed. grym "fierce, furious"), from PIE *ghrem- perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (cf. Gk. khremizein "to neigh," O.C.S. vuzgrimeti "to thunder," Rus. gremet' "thunder"). A weaker word now than once it was; sense of "dreary, gloomy" first recorded c.1175. It also had a verb form in O.E., grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, p.p. grummen). O.E. also had a noun, grima "goblin, specter," perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names. As a noun meaning "a form of bogey or haunting spirit," first recorded 1628.
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