Bleakness



bare, desolate, and often windswept:
a bleak plain.
cold and piercing; raw:
a bleak wind.
without hope or encouragement; depressing; dreary:
a bleak future.
Contemporary Examples

Why All the Hate for Les Mis? Megan McArdle January 6, 2013
Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature Malcolm Jones October 9, 2013
Hurricane Sandy Turns Washington, D.C., Into a Ghost Town Lauren Ashburn October 29, 2012
‘Catching Fire’ Review: Bigger, More Polished, and Just Another Popcorn Flick Kevin Fallon November 13, 2013

Historical Examples

The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 71, No. 437, March 1852 Various
Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis
At Fault Kate Chopin.

adjective
exposed and barren; desolate
cold and raw
offering little hope or excitement; dismal: a bleak future
noun
any slender silvery European cyprinid fish of the genus Alburnus, esp A. lucidus, occurring in slow-flowing rivers
n.
adj.

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