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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
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College-educated minorities have a bleaker outlook on their job prospects than college-educated Whites, a new poll has found.
The former Town boss believes the prospects for Premier League bosses are bleaker than anywhere else in the world after Tim Sherwood became the second top-flight chief to lose his job this week (see story below).
A Nielsen spokeswoman said: "Britons have a bleaker retirement outlook.
But as our Irish Sunday Mirror investigation today discovered, the future job prospects for the under 25s are now bleaker than ever.
Vettel now leads by 53 points and things are now looking even bleaker for Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen after the pair's respective shock Q2 exits from Saturday were compounded by early troubles in the race, the report added.
and we find them in a bleaker mood at kitchen tables and in beer halls, eating, texting, napping, gazing, snogging, waiting for a drink.
AMERICANS collectively carry nearly $1 trillion in federal student loan debt, and their prospects of repaying those loans are bleaker than ever.
A September 2010 youngster, FARLOE TANGO made a hopeless start at the Birminghan track and his prospects looked even bleaker when he clattered into the rails at the first bend.
Summary: The future looks bleaker for 6,000 staff at Game Group after the video games retailer collapsed into administration.
Both services are due to suffer drastic staff reductions, with the prospect of even bleaker times to come.
According to GfK, two major strikes in Bulgaria at the end of last year - that of railway workers and grain producers - have further made customers' expectations for the future bleaker.
And painting an even bleaker picture of the state of British romance, the gap is closing between the number of us who remember our partners' birthdays and those of us who feel genuinely touched to receive an automated email from a retailer's online marketing arm.