bleak


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bleak

(Exposed and barren), adjective bare, barren, blank, cold, deserted, desolate, exposed, unpopulated, waste

bleak

(Not favorable), adjective dark, depressing, dismal, distressing, forbidding, gloomy, grave, grim, joyless, ominous, somber, sombrous, unfavorable

bleak

(Severely simple), adjective austere, cheerless, cold, comfortless, depressing, dismal, dour, drear, dreary, dull, gloomy, grim, joyless, somber, sombrous, uninviting
See also: devoid, jejune
References in classic literature ?
The spectre, after listening for a moment, joined in the mournful dirge; and floated out upon the bleak, dark night.
Come, wife; this little stranger must not stay out in the bleak air a moment longer.
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
All along the ridge the rock cropped out, bare and bleak, but broken in rough natural castellation.
In Bleak House I have purposely dwelt upon the romantic side of familiar things.
His heart sank at the thought of going out into the bleak darkness.
My misfortune was to carry it into print when I began to write a story, in the Ik Marvel manner, or rather to compose it in type at the case, for that was what I did; and it was not altogether imitated from Ik Marvel either, for I drew upon the easier art of Dickens at times, and helped myself out with bald parodies of Bleak House in many places.
And those bleak heights henceforth shall be famous in story,'"
The mountains were bleak and inhospitable, and three times that afternoon we tried to regain the woods.
Then the grin died away, and his face grew bleak and serious.
After that, grateful and content, White Fang lay at Grey Beaver's feet, gazing at the fire that warmed him, blinking and dozing, secure in the knowledge that the morrow would find him, not wandering forlorn through bleak forest-stretches, but in the camp of the man-animals, with the gods to whom he had given himself and upon whom he was now dependent.
On every side of me stretched a bleak and desolate expanse of plain, covered with a tall overgrowth of sere grass, which rustled and whistled in the autumn wind with heaven knows what mysterious and disquieting suggestion.