Synonyms of grim
1 terribleDictionary • They painted a grim picture of growing crime.
terrible • Thousands suffered terrible injuries in the disaster.
shocking (informal) • I must have been in a shocking state last night.
severe • a business with severe cash flow problems
forbidding • There was something severe and forbidding about her face.
horrible • Still the horrible shrieking came out of his mouth.
formidable • a formidable, well-trained, well-equipped fighting force
ghastly • This wallpaper is absolutely ghastly.
hideous • His family was subjected to a hideous attack.
gruesome (slang) • There has been a series of gruesome murders in the capital.
grisly • a series of grisly murders
frightful • refugees trapped in frightful conditions
2 dismalDictionary • the tower blocks on the city's grim edges
dismal • You can't occupy yourself with dismal thoughts all the time.
depressing • the depressing thought of his mother's death
bleak • The immediate outlook remains bleak.
gloomy • Officials say the outlook for next year is gloomy.
dreary • A dreary little town in the Midwest
sombre • The pair were in sombre mood.
joyless • His work load had become so enormous that life seemed joyless.
cheerless • The kitchen was a dank and cheerless room.
3 sternDictionary • Her expression was grim and unpleasant.
stern • He said stern measures would be taken against the killers.
severe • He had a severe look that disappeared when he smiled.
grave • She could tell by his grave expression that something terrible had happened.
solemn • His solemn little face broke into smiles.
sullen • The offenders lapsed into a sullen silence.
surly • He behaves in a surly and rude manner towards me.
morose • She was morose, pale and reticent.
4 hardDictionary • Things were pretty grim for a time.
hard • Those were hard times.
tough • She had a pretty tough childhood.
harsh • Hundreds of political detainees were held under harsh conditions.
unpleasant • They tolerated what they felt was an unpleasant situation.
bleak • The weather can be quite bleak on the coast.
5 mercilessDictionary • a grim fight to the death
merciless • the merciless efficiency of a modern police state
fierce • the teeth of some fierce animal
cruel • the cruel practice of bullfighting
ruthless • a ruthless totalitarian power
ferocious • Fighting has been ferocious.
unrelenting • in the face of severe opposition and unrelenting criticism
implacable • the threat of invasion by a ruthless and implacable enemy
unyielding • his unyielding attitude on this subject
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bleakIf a situation is bleak, it is bad, and seems unlikely to improve.
• The immediate outlook remains bleak.
bleakWhen the weather is bleak, it is cold, dull, and unpleasant.
• The weather can be quite bleak on the coast.
cheerlessCheerless places or weather are dull and depressing.
• The kitchen was a dank and cheerless room.
Thesaurus for grim from the Collins English Thesaurus