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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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