grim

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj grim 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"
    • adj grim 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"
    • adj grim 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"
    • adj grim 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"
    • adj grim 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"
    • adj grim harshly ironic or sinister "black humor","a grim joke","grim laughter","fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Grim grĭm Of forbidding or fear-inspiring aspect; fierce; stern; surly; cruel; frightful; horrible. "Whose grim aspect sets every joint a-shaking.""The ridges of grim war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grim Of a fierce, stern, or forbidding aspect; severe or repellent in appearance or demeanor; fierce; sullen; surly.
    • grim Stern in character or quality; unyielding; dreadful; formidable: as, grim determination.
    • grim Marked by harshness or severity; distressful; dolorous; cheerless: as, grim suffering; a grim jest.
    • grim Synonyms Grisly, Hideous, etc. (see ghastly); severe, harsh, hard.
    • n grim Anger; wrath.
    • grim To make grim; give a stern or forbidding aspect to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Grim grim of forbidding aspect: ferocious: ghastly: sullen: stern, unyielding
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Quotations

  • J. Donald Walters
    J. Donald Walters
    “Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”
  • Roselle Mercier Montgomery
    Roselle Mercier Montgomery
    “The fates are not quite obdurate; they have a grim, sardonic way of granting them who supplicate the thing they wanted yesterday.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. grim,; akin to G. grimm, equiv. to G. & D. grimmig, Dan. grim, grum, Sw. grym, Icel. grimmr, G. gram, grief, as adj., hostile; cf. Gr. , a crushing sound, to neigh
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grim; Ger. grimmiggrimm, fury, Dut. grimmig, Ice. grimmr.

Usage

In literature:

He would open that grim mouth of his yet again, and speak even more to the purpose.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Their grim apprehension was obvious.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The wild forest settled around us, grim, stern, and forbidding.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
Nelia considered that grim fact, and, having made up her mind, acted.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Tiedor paled and his lips tightened in a grim line, but he stood his ground.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Now a grim smile curled her mouth, but her eyes did not laugh.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Then his weary spirit lifted itself, and he looked grimly into the eye of the storm.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The world was such a grim thing to have antagonistic to you.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
His mouth was grim as he saw the jagged edges of metal.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
The therns fired upon them through shields affixed to their rifles, but on, steadily on, came the grim, black craft.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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In poetry:

Oh! is there not, grim mortal, tell,
Places of bliss and wo?
Oh! is there not a heaven, a hell?
But whither wilt thou go?
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
But when his mother stroked his head
The night was grim in vain;
And when she kissed him in his bed
The rainbow rose again.
"The Golden Key" by George MacDonald
While love inspires, and friendship warms
All hearts, in ev'ry state,
High over thee, grim hatred storms,
As pitiless as fate.
"Hate" by Thomas Frederick Young
To what grim and dreadful idol
Had he lent the holiest name?
Did his own heart, loving and human,
The God of his worship shame?
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"There lies, beside his master's heart,
The Douglas, stark and grim;
And woe is me I should be here,
Not side by side with him!
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Quick at the sound the castle gates
Unlock'd and opened wide,
And strait a gyant huge and grim
Stalk'd forth with stately pride.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

After several quarters of record profit margins, it's time for carriers to face a grim reality: The iPhone 5 is expected to be the best-selling phone of all time, and its sky-high subsidies will devastate their bottom lines.
Robert Downey Jr brightens a grim Sherlock.
The grim ads fired up the naturally indignant, but many found it just as easy to turn the page.
Gloomy Grim War Blood Monsters Darkness Holy Records.
NEW YORK – The grim toll from Superstorm Sandy has risen yet again in New York City with the death of a 77-year-old man who was found at the bottom of the stairs inside his dark, beachfront apartment building on Halloween.
Economists predict a grim couple of years for California.
NOAA published its seventh annual Arctic Report Card this week and though they didn't hand out a grade as they have in the past it might as well be marked "G" for grim.
The report, written by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, suggests that downward pressure on global trade and slack demand from the US will have grim results in Asia .
German, Austrian central banks see grim 2013 as crisis bites.
Internet cafes avoid grim reaper.
'Grim Sleeper' serial killer case ballistic evidence to be reviewed by defense.
Of course, the Death in question isn't the ol' Grim Reaper.
Grim memories of Lebanon's 15-year civil war resonated in Beirut after a car bomb exploded in a mostly Christian neighborhood, killing at least eight people including intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan.
Arizona county's grim lost and found.
Ottawa, ON, Oct 16, 2012 — It was a grim weekend in Canada and across hockey country.
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In science:

Since the variables 1/xi are easily seen to have infinite expectation and variance, our prospects seem grim at first blush, but then we notice that the variable 1/xi falls straight into the framework of the “stable laws” of L´evy – Khintchine, which is briefly presented below.
Mathematics of learning
Since the variables 1/xi are easily seen to have infinite expectation and variance, our prospects seem grim at first blush, but then we notice that the variable 1/xi falls straight into the framework of the “stable laws” of L´evy – Khintchine ([FellerV2]).
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
Together with the numerical values obtained in , this fundamental tradeoff between key rate and security level gives a grim picture of the usefulness of BB84 type protocols.
On the Foundations of Quantum Key Distribution - Reply to Renner and Beyond
Here again, practical experience indicates that the situation is not as grim as all that, and that such integrals do in fact converge with a considerably smaller error using quasirandom points .
Multidimensional sampling for simulation and integration: measures, discrepancies, and quasi-random numbers
In spite of the grim appearance of the metric, this is simple: dV = √−g d4x = r2 dudrdΩ, where dΩ = sin θ dθdφ is the element of solid angle.
An introduction to the Lorentz-Dirac equation
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