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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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Then her face went bleakly forlorn, hard almost in its helpless pathos.
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.
In the bleakly tragic K.310 it's Donohoe who registers the maestoso marking more clearly, while Uchida, more expansive, plunges even deeper into the andante's melancholy.
Here indeed was Grand Admiral Donitz in full dress uniform, his chest, neck and hat boasting as many silver and gold decorations as a single person's outfit could hold, his face staring bleakly to the left.
But he bleakly concludes that society can do nothing to stop these men who "use violence on the spur of the moment and with little regard for the consequences".
The Wall is a grimly absorbing dystopian novel set in a very recognisable future, where threats of global warming and anti-immigrant nationalism have been pushed to bleakly credible extremes.
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When it comes to something worthwhile to say, the bleakly black and blood-red comedy "Arizona" turns out to be as barren and deserted as its desolate suburban landscape.
As Carver follows the clues through Sydney's underbelly, he encounters a cast of bleakly Dickensian characters, from whistling streetwalkers to baby-faced policemen.