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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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IF OUR TV isn't bad enough as it is, the talk of cutbacks makes our future viewing even bleaker.
However, should Nissan choose a merger with a European manufacturer, it could be a much bleaker outcome for Sunderland: loyalties would come into play and Sunderland would be competing with the headquarter plant of the particular manufacturer.
Preliminary figures from 2009 paint an even bleaker picture.
WHILE Rivaldo may soon be pounds 4m out of pocket things look even bleaker for one-time Brazil team-mate Ronaldo who is still reeling from his recent transvestite shame.
of Oxford) begins his story with the colonial onslaught that drove people from their homes and territories into reserves, and from there ever to farther and bleaker reserves, as Europeans settled down on the farmable land in what became Southern Rhodesia.
At the EPA, however, "where double-speak ('sound science,' 'clear skies') has achieved a level that would make George Orwell envious, [the situation] is much bleaker, based on the impression that I receive from limited discussion with colleagues there," Hansen wrote.
The results were even bleaker for the district's minority students.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas is looking bleaker for George W.
It's sterner, a little bleaker, plainerspoken but more complex; the sweet, loopy pathos, the wry and stealthy wit have evolved, have been transfigured, into something harder and purer--perhaps less likeable, but, as a consequence, even more admirable.
The poorer boy faces a bleaker future due to the challenges of living in extreme poverty.
With each turn of each page I found myself feeling for the main characters and wishing that their lot in life would improve but, as the story went on, it just seemed to get bleaker and bleaker.
NOW MORE THAN EVER I FEEL TREMENDOUS COMPASSION for parents who fear they wouldn't be able to handle bringing a child with genetic defects into the world, but I also want them to know that the picture of what they and their child will face is often painted much bleaker than it need be.