grim


grim
grim 1 Grim, implacable, relentless, unrelenting, merciless grievanceare comparable when they mean so inexorable or obdurate as to repel or bar any effort to move one from one's purpose or course.
Grim (see also GHASTLY) usually implies tenacity of purpose and stern determination which show themselves outwardly in a forbidding aspect or in a formidable appearance; the term is applicable not only to persons or their words,' acts, and looks but to things which reflect or reveal the grimness of persons
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grim Death

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grim necessity

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the Florentines . . . prepared to do grim battle for their liberties— Oliphant

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Implacable implies the impossibility of placating, pacifying, or appeasing and is used in reference to men or to higher beings
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in friendship false, implacable in hate— Dry den

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he [an African god] is utterly and absolutely implacable; no prayers, no human sacrifices can ever for one moment appease his cold, malignant rage— L. P. Smith

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However, the term is increasingly used to imply an inflexibly uncompromising character or an incapacity for yielding or making concessions, and, in this sense, it is applicable not only to persons but to things
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when the true scholar gets thoroughly to work, his logic is remorseless, his art is implacableHenry Adams

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I wanted truth presented to me as it is, arduous and honest and implacableEllis

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Relentless and unrelenting differ mainly in that the former suggests a character and the latter a mood governing action; both imply an absence of pity or of any feeling that would cause one to relent and to restrain through compassion the fury or violence of one's rage, hatred, hostility, or vengeance
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relentless critics

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woe to thee, rash and unrelenting chief!— Byron

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Both terms often carry so strong an implication of indefinite duration or of unremitting activity that they are frequently used to describe something which promises not the slightest abatement in severity, violence, or intensity as long as life or strength lasts
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relentless pursuit

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the relentless vigilance of the secret service men

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the unrelenting fury of a storm

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with unwearied, unscrupulous and unrelenting ambition— Macaulay

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everywhere I went in town, the people knew about them, and said nothing .... I found this final, closed, relentless silence everywhere— Wolfe

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Merciless differs from relentless and unrelenting mainly in stressing an innate capacity for inflicting cruelty without qualms or an unparalleled fierceness or savagery; otherwise it carries much the same implications
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a merciless whipping

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harder than any man could be—quite mercilessCloete

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Analogous words: inexorable, obdurate, adamant, inflexible: inevitable, *certain: *fierce, ferocious, cruel, fell: malignant, malevolent (see MALICIOUS)
Antonyms: lenient
2 *ghastly, grisly, gruesome, macabre, lurid
Analogous words: *fierce, truculent, savage: repellent, *repugnant: repulsive, revolting, loathsome, *offensive
Contrasted words: benign, benignant, kindly, *kind

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  • grim — [ grım ] adjective * ▸ 1 causing worry ▸ 2 serious and unfriendly ▸ 3 not attractive ▸ 4 not enjoyable ▸ 5 sick ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) grim news, situations, or events are unpleasant and make you feel upset and worried: The future looks pretty grim.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grim — [grım] adj [: Old English; Origin: grimm] 1.) making you feel worried or unhappy = ↑harsh ▪ the grim reality of rebuilding the shattered town ▪ When he lost his job, his future looked grim. ▪ Millions of Britons face the grim prospect (=something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grim´ly — grim «grihm», adjective, grim|mer, grim|mest. 1. without mercy; stern, harsh, or fierce: »grim, stormy weather. SYNONYM(S): cruel, merciless …   Useful english dictionary

  • Grim — (gr[i^]m), a. [Compar. {Grimmer} ( m[ e]r); superl. {Grimmest} ( m[e^]st).] [AS. grim; akin to G. grimm, equiv. to G. & D. grimmig, Dan. grim, grum, Sw. grym, Icel. grimmr, G. gram grief, as adj., hostile; cf. Gr. ?, a crushing sound, ? to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grim — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Bobby Grim (1924–1995), US amerikanischer Rennfahrer Fred Grim (* 1965), niederländischer Fußballtorhüter Herman Niklas Grim (auch: Hermann Nicolaus Grimm, Hermannus Nicolaus Grimmius; 1641–1711),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • grim — [grim] adj. grimmer, grimmest [ME < OE grimm, akin to Ger < IE base * ghrem , to make a loud sound, roar angrily > GRUMBLE, Russ grom, thunder] 1. fierce; cruel; savage 2. hard and unyielding; relentless; stern; resolute [grim courage] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • grim´i|ly — grim|y «GRY mee», adjective, grim|i|er, grim|i|est. covered with grime; very dirty: »grimy hands. SYNONYM(S): begrimed, black. –grim´i|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

  • grim|y — «GRY mee», adjective, grim|i|er, grim|i|est. covered with grime; very dirty: »grimy hands. SYNONYM(S): begrimed, black. –grim´i|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary


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