One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a bleak landscape’
bare, exposed, desolate, stark, arid, desert, denuded, lunar, open, empty, windswept
treeless, forestless, without vegetation, defoliated
unsheltered, unprotected, unshielded
2‘a bleak wind had got up’
cold, keen, raw, harsh, wintry
piercing, penetrating, biting, nipping, stinging, sharp
freezing, icy, icy-cold, frosty, frigid, chilly
British informal parky
3‘the future looks bleak’
unpromising, unfavourable, unpropitious, inauspicious, adverse, disadvantageous, uninviting, discouraging, disheartening, depressing, cheerless, joyless, gloomy, sombre, dreary, dismal, wretched, miserable, black, dark, grim, drab, portentous, foreboding, hopeless, ominous
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