What Does Bleak Mean?


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The word bleak may be defined as "black: contributing little or no hope; bare: offering no shelter or sustenance; or disagreeably cold and damp".

It is an adjective that could be used to mean exposed, barren and often windswept. Usually with reference to the weather it means cold, raw. Bleak could be lacking in warmth, life, or lacking in kindliness, grim. It may mean not hopeful or encouraging or even depressing. Its usage in the English language has also been extended to mean severely simple or austere.

A synonym for the word bleak is dismal; its adverb form is bleakly while the noun form of the word is bleakness. The adjective bleak is most often used when describing the weather or a discouraging situation or predicament.

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