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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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Exam pressure and fear of unemployment can make teenagers' schooldays the bleakest time of their lives.
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IT'S hard to believe spring is around the corner when we are stuck in the bleakest month of the year.
Adrift at the bottom of the Premiership, and dumped out of the cup by a League One side, McCarthy is facing his bleakest moment at the helm.
A long-term forecast from a weather website had predicted a cold snap this week, followed by one of the bleakest winters in recent memory.
The Mirror has also been a staunch supporter of the Labour Party even in our bleakest days.
Ginola, 35, had one of the bleakest times of his career under John Gregory at Villa.
However, the falling groundwater table has emerged to be bleakest prospects due to the drought experienced in the province.
In the bleakest mid-winter of snow-bound Chicago, Detective Sam Porter and his team discover the body of a girl beneath the ice.
NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said: "We could be heading for one of the bleakest winters yet.
His job takes him to some of the bleakest, most hopeless corners of the planet.
How he was the big ball of energy to which the Pinoys would turn to during the bleakest of moments.