Gradgrind

noun Grad·grind \ˈgradˌgrīnd\

Definition of Gradgrind

plural

-s

  1. :  one that is patently and usually as a matter of outspoken policy marked by a materialistic and philistine outlook :  an uninspired and assiduous seeker after facts

Gradgrindian

\-dēən\ adjective

Gradgrindish

\-dish\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gradgrind

after Thomas Gradgrind, a materialistic hardware merchant in the novel Hard Times (1854) by Charles Dickens †1870 English novelist


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