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1‘she took in his grim expression’
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
2‘she was caught between a rock and a hard place, she realized with grim humour’
black, dark, mirthless, bleak, cynical, fatalistic
3‘the asylum holds some grim secrets’
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’
bleak, dreary, dismal, dingy, wretched, miserable, disheartening, depressing, cheerless, comfortless, joyless, gloomy, sombre, uninviting, drab
5‘two beasts locked in grim combat’
merciless, cruel, ruthless, pitiless, savage, vicious, brutal, harsh, severe
6‘there was grim determination in every line of her face’
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
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