dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess.
dismal weatherdreary, often interchangeable with dismal, emphasizes discouragement resulting from sustained dullness or futility.
a dreary job bleak suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten.
the bleak years of the depression gloomy often suggests lack of hope or promise.
gloomy war newscheerless stresses absence of anything cheering.
a drab and cheerless office desolate adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect.
a desolate outpost
Examples of bleak in a Sentence
a bleak outlook for the team for the rest of the season
it was a dark and bleak wintry day
Recent Examples on the WebBut, boy, things sure looked bleak for the Jayhawks as the first half wound down.
Eddie Pells, ajc, 5 Apr. 2022 Things looked similarly bleak for working female DPs during that period.
Karen Idelson, Variety, 8 Mar. 2022 Since covid-19 wreaked havoc, the future of theaters has looked bleak.
Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 20 Dec. 2021 Although things looked bleak for a time, Okemos was able to fight back and earn the victory.
Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 7 Nov. 2021 When the long snapper headed out with the punt team late in the third quarter, their comeback chances looked bleak.
Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 22 Sep. 2021 For months the two stayed in contact, with Rodriguez offering support and a shoulder to cry on when times looked bleak.
Mary Green, PEOPLE.com, 18 Aug. 2021 In a note last week, Macquarie analysts predicted a bleak future for the company.
Diksha Madhok, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 Even once an agreement is reached between the two countries, Russia is facing a bleak future, militarily and economically, according to Volker.
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