Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a bleak manner or situation: as, the wind howls bleakly.

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  • adverb In a bleak manner.

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  • adverb without hope

Etymologies

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bleak +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The Kielmark shrugged, his expression bleakly forbidding.

    Stormwarden

  • There is "-- bleakly --" no saving saints and martyrs against their will. "

    The Splendid Folly

  • Nonetheless, a little of this bleakly dour alliterative verse - even in superb modern English versions - goes a long way.

    'The Word Exchange' book review: Old English poetry isn't lost in translation

  • Snow shrugged his shoulders and gazed bleakly at the smooth surface of the lagoon, where tiny wavelets danced in the afternoon sun.

    A LITTLE ACCOUNTWITH SWITHIN HALL

  • When a character on a TV show says bleakly, “I saw nothing” – you look into the abyss with that character, and you recoil, you run screaming from what you see.

    The Power of Nothing at SF Novelists

  • Nonetheless, a little of this bleakly dour alliterative verse - even in superb modern English versions - goes a long way.

    'The Word Exchange' book review: Old English poetry isn't lost in translation

  • When I asked him about Christmas with his family he shook his head bleakly, then left with swift efficiency and the look of a man who scents freedom, so close he can almost touch it.

    Diary of a separation

  • It's hard not to come away impressed, if bleakly, by efforts like the Womens' Christian Temperance Union's program of required temperance classes three days a week in the nation's public schools—a program the WCTU managed to bamboozle the schools into accepting.

    The History of a Calamity

  • In so bleakly narrating this episode, Maxwell sounds like an adult version of Bunny, the inconsolable young protagonist of "They Came Like Swallows" 1937.

    Staving Off Oblivion

  • The second scenario begins more bleakly, and might end that way too.

    The Quiet Coup

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