adj. grim·mer, grim·mest
a. Discouraging or depressing: The business news has been grim lately.
b. Dismal; gloomy: a grim, rainy day.
a. Stern or forbidding: The judge was grim when handing out the sentence.
b. Repellent or horrifying: the grim task of searching for bodies in the rubble. See Synonyms at ghastly.
3. Unrelenting or uncompromising: grim determination.
[Middle English, from Old English, fierce, severe.]
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