Synonyms for (adjective) grim

Synonyms: gruesome, grim, grisly, ghastly, sick, macabre

Definition: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Usage: ghastly wounds; the grim aftermath of the bombing; the grim task of burying the victims; a grisly murder; gruesome evidence of human sacrifice; macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages; macabre tortures conceived by madmen

Similar words: alarming

Definition: frightening because of an awareness of danger


Synonyms: gloomy, grim, sorry, dark, drab, drear, dreary, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, blue

Definition: causing dejection

Usage: a blue day; the dark days of the war; a week of rainy depressing weather; a disconsolate winter landscape; the first dismal dispiriting days of November; a dark gloomy day; grim rainy weather

Similar words: cheerless, depressing, uncheerful

Definition: causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

Usage: the economic outlook is depressing; something cheerless about the room; a moody and uncheerful person; an uncheerful place


Synonyms: down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, dispirited, depressed, low, low-spirited, grim, gloomy, blue

Definition: filled with melancholy and despondency

Usage: gloomy at the thought of what he had to face; gloomy predictions; a gloomy silence; took a grim view of the economy; the darkening mood; lonely and blue in a strange city; depressed by the loss of his job; a dispirited and resigned expression on her face; downcast after his defeat; feeling discouraged and downhearted

Similar words: dejected

Definition: affected or marked by low spirits

Usage: is dejected but trying to look cheerful


Synonyms: inexorable, grim, unrelenting, relentless, unappeasable, unforgiving, stern

Definition: not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

Usage: grim determination; grim necessity; Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty; relentless persecution; the stern demands of parenthood

Similar words: implacable

Definition: incapable of being placated

Usage: an implacable enemy


Synonyms: grim, dour, forbidding

Definition: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

Usage: a dour, self-sacrificing life; a forbidding scowl; a grim man loving duty more than humanity; undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw- J.M.Barrie

Similar words: unpleasant

Definition: disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

Usage: an unpleasant personality; unpleasant repercussions; unpleasant odors


Synonyms: mordant, black, grim

Definition: harshly ironic or sinister

Usage: black humor; a grim joke; grim laughter; fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit

Similar words: sarcastic

Definition: expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds