grim - Dictionary definition and meaning for word grim

(adj) not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
Example Sentence
  • grim determination
  • grim necessity
  • Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty
  • relentless persecution
  • the stern demands of parenthood

(adj) shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
Synonyms : ghastly , grisly , gruesome , macabre , sick
Example Sentence
  • 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) harshly ironic or sinister
Synonyms : black , mordant
Example Sentence
  • black humor
  • a grim joke
  • grim laughter
  • fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit

(adj) harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
Synonyms : dour , forbidding
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) filled with melancholy and despondency
Example Sentence
  • 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) causing dejection
Synonyms : blue , dark , dingy , disconsolate , dismal , drab , drear , dreary , gloomy , sorry
Example Sentence
  • 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

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for grim

sounds like "dream" which may cause you fear.
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by cp.jethani

grim(G=ghost,Rim=basketball rim)ghost in basketball rim at 12:pm night cause great fear.
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by keshavpalpali

grim = g(ghost) + rim (rev); ghost speed up i.e dangerous & destroying situation.
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by shaktipada

Grim Reaper : angel of death.
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by divine_sword

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