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2 marked by wet and windy conditions
  • it was a dark and bleak wintry day

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3 uncomfortably cool
  • a bleak December morning

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dismal, dreary, bleak, gloomy, cheerless, desolate mean devoid of cheer or comfort. dismal indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess. dismal weather dreary, 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 news cheerless 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

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The first known use of bleak was in 1574

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“Bleak.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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