adjective, bleak·er, bleak·est.
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Examples from the Web for bleak
Set among the vacant houses of suburban New Mexico, the film offers a bleak perspective on the possibility of growth and renewal.
Hitchcock saw the work of, and probably met, Murnau, the great German filmmaker--the earliest master of bleak light and shadow.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And surprisingly, gender may also play a role in your bleak winter outlook.
With no family, little community support, and no outlet for education, they face a bleak future.
Catastrophic sea level rise is depicted in the comics in a terrifying, bleak future.A Political History of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I shall only forge at night; and the building is out of the world, and wedged in, out of sight, between two bleak hills.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
The sky was overcast and the snow-capped peaks rose chilly and bleak through the biting atmosphere.Wonders of the Yellowstone|James Richardson
On the bleak northern shores stood a little wooden church, which the explorers visited with much interest.A Book of Discovery|Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
I thought of the miles and miles of bleak country I had passed, and then hurried on to seek the shelter of the wood in front.Dracula's Guest|Bram Stoker
The scene is bleak and desolate, and I am chilled to the marrow of my bones.The Rifle Rangers|Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for bleak (1 of 2)
Word Origin for bleak
British Dictionary definitions for bleak (2 of 2)
Word Origin for bleak
Word Origin and History for bleak
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."