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Grad·grindalso grad·grind (grăd′grīnd′)
One who values factual knowledge at the expense of imagination and feeling: "'No, Virginia, you've been had,' galumph uncomprehending gradgrinds who dismiss fantasy as lying" (Maureen Mullarkey).
[After Thomas Gradgrind, grimly utilitarian headmaster of a school in the novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens (1854).]
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