grim grim  /ˈɡrɪm/


  1. (adj) not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
  2. (adj) shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
  3. (adj) harshly ironic or sinister
  4. (adj) harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
  5. (adj) filled with melancholy and despondency
  6. (adj) causing dejection



  • April was a grim month in Wei Jianzhong's sooty, barracks-like neighborhood in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.


  1. 'Man of Steel' review: This grimmer 'Superman' might not soar, but it flies

    By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES ( - In 1986, DC Comics published two titles that would forever push the superhero genre toward what has been known as the "grim and gritty" look - Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" (whose tough-guy expressionism inspired both Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan's subsequent screen versions of Batman) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen" (which ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Are South Africans Ready for a Future Without Nelson Mandela?

    South Africa is confronted with a grim reality this week: Soon, Nelson Mandela will die.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  3. Woman wounded in Santa Monica shooting has 'grim prognosis': police chief

    SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) - A woman gravely wounded by gunfire during Friday's shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California, has a "grim prognosis" for recovery, Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said on Saturday. Five other people, including the gunman, died in the bloodshed that unfolded at about noon on Friday at a house connected to the suspect and culminated with the man being shot ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. Bush said, "In Iraq, we are witnessing the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama bin Laden, his grim ideology, and his terror network."
    on Mar 19, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Christian Science Monitor

  2. "While China's representatives have conveyed to me that they are working to end the terrible tragedy in Darfur, the grim realities of the suffering continue unabated," Spielberg said in a statement.
    on Feb 14, 2008 By: Steven Spielberg Source: CBS News

  3. The result, which compared to a profit of $US832 million the year before, was a "direct reflection of the grim economic climate," Mr Murdoch said. "While we anticipated a weakening, the downturn is more severe and likely longer lasting than...
    on Feb 5, 2009 By: Rupert Murdoch Source: The Canberra Times

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