bleakness bleakness  /b ˈlik nəs/


  • (n) a bleak and desolate atmosphere



  1. After years of unimaginable bleakness, it is finally time to step into the light.
  2. The choir and orchestra add a strangely upbeat air to the songs, the bleakness of which had irritated critics when it was released.
  3. The father of the cubicle never meant to wreak such bleakness on the American office.


  • The Performant: Sympathetic resonance

    While there’s plenty of art created around post-apocalyptic themes, what frequently characterizes it is a sense of bleakness, struggle, and violence. Only rarely does the sheer resilience of the creative spirit get recognized, let alone celebrated by our visionary futurists.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian


  1. "It's tangible, the misery and hopelessness and the bleakness," Mortensen says. "It gives you much more to work with if you're filming in that world instead of a green screen. You have to bring a story to life in a movie in a way you don't...
    on Aug 6, 2008 By: Viggo Mortensen Source: USA Today

  2. "It's kind of ingrained in all fathers to protect their children," Wechsler said. "I wasn't afraid of the bleakness of the book, the darkness of the book."
    on Aug 14, 2008 By: Nick Wechsler Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. In talking about Red State, Smith explains that, "Problem is, the flick is bleak. Beyond bleak, even. Remember how bleak Dark Knight was? This flick makes the bleakness level in that flick seem Beverly Hills Chihuahua bleak."
    on Oct 10, 2008 By: Kevin Smith Source: First Showing (blog)

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