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Meaning of grim

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  grim
      adj 1: not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty;
             "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final
             hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty";
             "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of
             parenthood" [syn: {grim}, {inexorable}, {relentless},
             {stern}, {unappeasable}, {unforgiving}, {unrelenting}]
      2: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "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" [syn:
         {ghastly}, {grim}, {grisly}, {gruesome}, {macabre}, {sick}]
      3: harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke";
         "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to
         savage mordant wit" [syn: {black}, {grim}, {mordant}]
      4: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; "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"- J.M.Barrie [syn:
         {dour}, {forbidding}, {grim}]
      5: filled with melancholy and despondency ; "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" [syn:
         {gloomy}, {grim}, {blue}, {depressed}, {dispirited},
         {down(p)}, {downcast}, {downhearted}, {down in the mouth},
         {low}, {low-spirited}]
      6: causing dejection; "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" [syn: {blue},
         {dark}, {dingy}, {disconsolate}, {dismal}, {gloomy}, {grim},
         {sorry}, {drab}, {drear}, {dreary}]


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