Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being bleak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being bleak; coldness; desolation: as, “the bleakness of the air,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bleak and desolate atmosphere

Etymologies

bleak +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Update, 1/25: Scott Weinberg at Cinematical: I'd like to say that the film, for all its grunge, grime and bleakness, is a well-intentioned piece, but I never really got that impression from Weapons.

    GreenCine Daily: Sundance. Weapons.

  • This bleakness is Simon’s stamp on the show, and it suggests that his political passions ultimately trump his commitment to accuracy or evenhandedness.

    The Angriest Man In Television

  • I recall the bleakness that engulfed the land at our first meeting 15 years ago.

    Global Voices in English » The News of Bantu Mwaura’s death shocks Kenyan bloggers

  • The fact is that the "bleakness" is entirely on the KMT side, where after Ma Ying-jeou the party has no candidate who is clean and could win wide approval.

    Broken Record: WaPo on Chen indictments

  • Second, it presents "bleakness" as everyone's problem when in fact it is only the KMT's problem.

    Broken Record: WaPo on Chen indictments

  • The room waited, longing for a baby to bring life to its bleakness and cure the vast solitude.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

  • In these lines Stevens describes the mind as a concentrated tool trained to withstand the blizzards of loneliness, trained to endure coldness and bleakness, in order to behold beauty without being overcome with misery.

    History of a Suicide

  • Her poems express the darkness that seeps into a life marked by loss and captures the bleakness of resignation.

    History of a Suicide

  • She's very sweet, with conventional dreams for her future, and pretty oblivious to how much bleakness there is around her.

    Thieves unlike them

  • There are similarities between the two novelists, in that both of them dig deep into the souls of their characters, and both do not shrink from the bleakness of despair and disgust, showing the full effects of human cruelty.

    The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

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