grim

Things that are gloomy, stark, ghastly, and somber are grim. Sunshine, puppies, and rainbows are not grim; zombies, reapers, and mummies are grim. Less scary things like drizzly, foggy days can also be called grim.

Two famous uses of the adjective grim are the Grim Reaper and Grimm's Fairy Tales. Mr. Reaper shows up in movies and books wearing a long, hooded black cape and carrying a scythe, or long-handled blade used, in less grim circumstances, for mowing grass and reaping grain: he represents death. The real-life German brothers wrote some bone-chilling tales under their own name, Grimm, meaning "cruel, fierce," which is related to the English word grim. Modern grim things include crime-drama images of dead bodies and characters in horror movies.

Definitions of grim
  1. adjective
    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    “a grim man loving duty more than humanity”
    “"undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie”
    synonyms: dour, forbidding
    unpleasant
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
  2. adjective
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    synonyms: ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick
    alarming
    frightening because of an awareness of danger
  3. adjective
    filled with melancholy and despondency
    “took a grim view of the economy”
    synonyms: blue, depressed, dispirited, down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, low, low-spirited
    dejected
    affected or marked by low spirits
  4. adjective
    harshly ironic or sinister
    “a grim joke”
    grim laughter”
    synonyms: black, mordant
    sarcastic
    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
  5. adjective
    causing dejection
    grim rainy weather”
    synonyms: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, sorry
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
  6. adjective
    not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
    grim determination”
    grim necessity”
    synonyms: inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting
    implacable
    incapable of being placated
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