Definition of bleakness in US English:



  • 1The quality or state of being bare and inhospitable.

    ‘the bleakness of that destroyed landscape’
    ‘the grim concrete bleakness’
    • ‘Residents of this section of the city recall a time, not long ago, when their streets were canyons of bleakness.’
    • ‘The cabbie hopes that whoever does come to live there will be prepared for the bleakness of the place outside the summer months.’
    • ‘The bleakness of the environment inhabited by the characters is emphasized by the almost complete lack of sunlight in the film.’
    • ‘What they do capture is the bleakness of the streets.’
    • ‘Hospitals have for many centuries used major artists to counter the clinical bleakness of medical interiors.’
    • ‘There is no escape from violence in either sphere, no pastoral alternative to the bleakness of the run-down city.’
    • ‘I liked the sort of bleakness in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Their windswept sounds recall the bleakness of the tundra, the vast frozen lakes.’
    • ‘His first Swiss landscapes focused on the grandeur and bleakness of the mountains.’
    • ‘The bleakness of the camp is well captured by both the cinematographer and the soundtrack composer.’
    1. 1.1 The quality or state of cold and miserable weather.
      ‘the bleakness of winter’
      ‘the evening's rainy bleakness’
      • ‘He tells Helen why he loves the marsh even in the bleakness of midwinter.’
      • ‘Despite the bleakness outside, she's enjoying her downtime.’
      • ‘As the morning bleakness gives way to splatters of rain, stiff-limbed footballers are trudging into the stadium.’
      • ‘With the bleakness of January nearly behind us, we can start looking ahead to the rest of the year.’
      • ‘By echoing the seasonal bleakness of a northern winter, he leaves unspoken but implicit the possibility of cyclic renewal.’
    2. 1.2 The quality or state of being hopeless, discouraging, or unlikely to have a favorable outcome.
      ‘this story is marked by unrelenting bleakness’
      ‘the atrocities and bleakness of war’
      • ‘Trying not to give in to the bleakness and misery of his surroundings, he is convinced that he is just one fighter away from success.’
      • ‘His very titles reflect bleakness, guilt, incertitude.’
      • ‘It pulsates with a humanity that, in spite of its bleakness, is life-affirming and ultimately uplifting.’
      • ‘It's a downtrodden tale full of woe and misfortune, a portrait of loneliness and bleakness.’
      • ‘Their hope, in the very bleakness of their existence, is ultimately shattered, and we realize they are back to square one at best.’
      • ‘The bleakness of the situation is brought out through the choice of locations and the way in which the scenes are shot.’
      • ‘Sundays were bad enough for their bleakness and oppression, but Sunday was also the day when the battles between my mother and father took place.’
      • ‘There's a core of humanity in each story, whether it's the bleakness of a family funeral or a torturous fight with an accidental vampire.’
      • ‘If you're going to have a show about undertakers, it can't be just bleakness and depression.’
      • ‘She seduces the despondent radical with whispers about the bleakness of mankind.’