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English definition of “grim”


adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT GOOD)   /ɡrɪm/ (-mm-)
not good; having no chance of a good result : The outlook for a full recovery was grim.
(Definition of grim adjective (NOT GOOD) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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