Synonyms of grim in English:

grim


See definition of grim

adjective

1‘she took in his grim expression’

SYNONYMS

stern, forbidding, uninviting, unapproachable, aloof, distant

formidable, strict, dour, harsh

steely, flinty, stony

fierce, ferocious, threatening, menacing, mean-looking

cross, churlish, crabbed, surly, sour, ill-tempered, unsmiling

cruel, ruthless, merciless

British informal boot-faced

ANTONYMS

amiable, pleasant

2‘she was caught between a rock and a hard place, she realized with grim humour’

SYNONYMS

black, dark, mirthless, bleak, cynical, fatalistic

ANTONYMS

light-hearted

3‘the asylum holds some grim secrets’

SYNONYMS

dreadful, dire, ghastly, horrible, horrendous, horrid, terrible, awful, appalling, frightful, shocking, unspeakable, atrocious, harrowing

grisly, gruesome, hideous, disgusting, revolting, gory, macabre, morbid

depressing, distressing, upsetting, worrying, concerning, unpleasant, disagreeable

4‘a grim little hovel’

SYNONYMS

bleak, dreary, dismal, dingy, wretched, miserable, disheartening, depressing, cheerless, comfortless, joyless, gloomy, sombre, uninviting, drab

informal God-awful

5‘two beasts locked in grim combat’

SYNONYMS

merciless, cruel, ruthless, pitiless, savage, vicious, brutal, harsh, severe

6‘there was grim determination in every line of her face’

SYNONYMS

resolute, determined, firm, decided, steadfast, dead set

obstinate, stubborn, obdurate

unyielding, uncompromising, unbending, unwavering, unfaltering, unshakeable, intractable, adamant, inflexible

unrelenting, relentless, dogged, tenacious, inexorable, persistent, strong-willed

ANTONYMS

irresolute