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bleak 1

adj. bleak·er, bleak·est
a. Gloomy and somber: "Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult" (John Millington Synge).
b. Providing no encouragement; depressing: a bleak prospect.
2. Cold and cutting; raw: bleak winds of the North Atlantic.
3. Exposed to the elements; unsheltered and barren: the bleak, treeless regions of the high Andes.

[Middle English bleik, pale, from Old Norse bleikr, white; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bleak′ly adv.
bleak′ness n.

bleak 2

n. pl. bleak or bleaks
Any of various small European freshwater fishes of the genus Alburnus, having silvery scales.

[Middle English bleke, probably alteration (influenced by bleke, pale) of *blay, from Old English blǣge.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.bleakly - without hopebleakly - without hope; "he wondered bleakly"


[ˈbliːklɪ] ADV [look] → desoladamente; [smile] → lúgubremente, con aire sombrío; [speak] → con desaliento, en tono sombrío


adv look, say, smileniedergeschlagen


[ˈbliːklɪ] advin modo tetro, tetramente
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Truth came to him bleakly, and laid her chill conviction upon him.
It was patent that she had never heard of me, and she surveyed me bleakly with shrewd black eyes, set close together and as beady and restless as a bird's.
Then her face went bleakly forlorn, hard almost in its helpless pathos.
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His village of Pichccahuasi, in Peru's Huancavelica region, is little more than a collection of small thatched shelters and herds of alpaca surrounded by beautiful, yet bleakly inhospitable, mountain terrain.
The Third Jihad warns bleakly but dramatically that Islam has all but taken over Europe, and that radical Islam threatens to do the same in the US.
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Synopsis: "Little Boy Needs Ride" is Chicago playwright Chris Bower's debut collection of gloriously nasty, bleakly unhinged, and oddly compelling short stories marks the arrival of a truly original voice.
As in 'the countryside around here is bleakly beautiful.
But the judge and jury in the case are not what they seem, as Angelo, deputising for the ruling duke, has his own bleakly lecherous secrets and tastes.
THE VISITORS SIMON SYLVESTER Bancree is the island home that Flora has known for all her 17 years, a bleakly beautifu l place of escape, a place where people disappear.
As they travel through the bleakly beautiful and barren landscape, there are fistfights, knife-fights, gunfights, infanticide, suicide, self-harm, stand-offs and sex around the campfire.