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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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Mr Walsh said: "The six month period will be remembered as one of the bleakest on record.
In the wake of the terrible murder of Robert McCartney, the friendship of these two men was a timely reminder of the need to carry on with the peace process even when prospects are at their bleakest.
IT is one of the surprises of life that joy can sometimes come out of the bleakest of tragedies.
The valley is one of the highest and bleakest inhabited places on earth.
Sometimes tragically so, as the burka-clad Nafas makes her quixotic way across the desert, she encounters underfed orphans, wild-eyed brigands and - in a sequence that manages to mix profound sadness and the bleakest black comedy - a horde of amputees besieging a remote Red Cross station, trying to cajole artificial limbs out of the nurses.
With the fraught international situation on everyone's mind, and much of the country reaching for their sandbags, this has been the bleakest October for years.
A Midland-based national helpline for distraught farmers and rural communities is preparing for a fresh surge in calls as the agricultural industry faces its bleakest time of the year.
Former Ryder Cup player Lane, trying to fight his way out of the bleakest spell of his career, matched Sherborne's rounds of 67 and 68 after three holes had to be shortened and the par reduced from 72 to 69 because of the conditions.
Obviously, there is a lot to be worried about, but Sullivan should point out that the news is invariably the bleakest at the tail end of bear markets.
The Office for National Statistics figures are the bleakest since 1963, although industry figures believe they may mark a low point.
AN ENGINEERING chief claimed Teesside was bucking the trend of a national survey, which painted the bleakest picture for manufacturing in seven years.
Some of the ghosts of Christmas past have been chillier than the bleakest midwinter carol