Grad·​grind | \ ˈgradˌgrīnd \
plural -s

Definition of Gradgrind

: 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

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Other Words from Gradgrind

Gradgrindian \ -​dēən \ adjective
Gradgrindish \ -​dish \ adjective

History and Etymology for Gradgrind

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

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“Gradgrind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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