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Definition of grim adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (grimmer, grimmest)
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  1. 1looking or sounding very serious a grim face/look/smile She looked grim. with a look of grim determination on his face He set about the task with grim concentration. grim-faced policemen
  2. 2unpleasant and depressing grim news We face the grim prospect of still higher unemployment. Despite the grim forecast, the number of deaths was slightly down from last year. The outlook is pretty grim. This latest attack is a grim reminder of how vulnerable our airports are to terrorist attack. Booth paints a grim picture of life in the next century. a grim struggle for survival Things are looking grim for workers in the building industry.
  3. 3(of a place or building) not attractive; depressing The house looked grim and dreary in the rain. the grim walls of the prison
adverb “It won't be easy,” he said grimly. grimly determined
noun [uncountable] The novel depicts the grimness of life for the unemployed in a small mining town.
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