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- n. The characteristic or quality of being grim
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Fierceness of look; sternness; crabbedness; forbiddingness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being grim, stern, forbidding, or severe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being ghastly
- n. something hard to endure
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There is a certain grimness, too, about the discreet initials which in shop language are used to denote the six sizes of woman – X.O.S.,
I don't think this 'grimness' is just a female author/novels thing.
There was no exultation in Arthur, only a kind of grimness, as if he had accepted some burden which he must bear whether he wanted to or not.
Mrs. Armitage, his cook, has given tales of his "grimness" to the cottages where her comfortable presence is welcomed on Sunday and
At first I felt a kind of grimness, and then I was thrilled by the thought that perhaps the end of the war might be near.
And his voice sank with a kind of grimness into silence.
Orange prize 'grimness' is not the fault of women novelists
Fed up: Orange Prize judge Daisy Goodwin complained that the novels she read to compile her shortlist were full of 'grimness'
Another worker at a cable-television network, this one in his early 30's, bemoaned the end of carefree office video-gaming: "You know the whole freak scene, the unsaid kind of grimness that happens in any place where there's a computer network and freaks?
"Yes," said John, with a kind of grimness; "that's what's extraordinary.