bleak bleak  /b ˈlik/


  1. (adj) offering little or no hope
  2. (adj) providing no shelter or sustenance
  3. (adj) unpleasantly cold and damp



  1. The Winograd Commission spelled it out in bleak terms in its report on Israel's failures during the 34-day war.
  2. While her mastery of detail is impressive, it's her passionate style that transforms bleak facts into emotive stories that compel you to take action.
  3. For a nation already struggling with a bleak economic reality, it was a less-than-reassuring display.


  1. Checovich, Lindonen prevail in New Hampshire Heptathlon.

    Things looked bleak for Winnacunnet of Hampton's Emma Checovich at Sunday's 37th New Hampshire Heptathlon. Checovich, a junior, was in third place with only the 800-meter run remaining, and that was an event she had never competed in during her track and field career. Somehow, Checovich mustered a fourth-place finish in the 800 that propelled her to victory at Nashua South.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

  2. Job Prospects are Dim: China

    Job prospects for China graduates appear bleak — the latest sign of a troubled Chinese economy.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: CNBC

  3. AP Interview: Bleak outlook for West Bank economy

    AP Interview: Bleak outlook for West Bank economy Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 9:33 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians this week replaced one internationally respected, U.S.-trained economist with another in hopes of solving long ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Beaumont Enterprise


  1. "Home prices across the nation and in most metro areas are significantly lower than where they were a year ago," said Yale University professor Robert Shiller, one of the index's creators. "Wherever you look, things look bleak."
    on Feb 26, 2008 By: Robert Shiller Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Fry said: "The proof of the pudding will be if we are in Melbourne or not." "If we are not there then the situation is bleak. I don't think there is an instance of a team not starting the season and successfully coming in later." "We...
    on Dec 5, 2008 By: Nick Fry Source: The Sun

  3. "Let me first say very clearly that our weapons are safe, secure and reliable," Gates said. "The problem is the long-term prognosis _ which I would characterize as bleak."
    on Oct 28, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source: FOXNews

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