What are some alternative words for grim?

Synonyms for grim
grɪm

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term grim.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grim, inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting(adj)

    not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

    "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"

    Synonyms:
    down(p), dispirited, downcast, intransigent, brutal, exacting, severe, forbidding, persistent, austere, dismal, dark, sick, disconsolate, black, grisly, low, unrelenting, down in the mouth, stern, blue, unappeasable, gruesome, macabre, downhearted, mordant, stark, dour, adamantine, strict, relentless, unforgiving, sorry, gloomy, drab, ghastly, depressed, dingy, inexorable, dreary, drear, low-spirited, adamant

    Antonyms:
    unsarcastic, elated, pleasant, unalarming, cheerful, placable

  2. ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick(adj)

    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

    "ghastly wounds"; "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived by madmen"

    Synonyms:
    down(p), dispirited, downcast, nauseous, wan, disgusted, pale, forbidding, dismal, dark, charnel, sick, demented, disconsolate, sepulchral, black, gloomy, low, unbalanced, pallid, unrelenting, down in the mouth, stern, blue, disturbed, brainsick, unappeasable, gruesome, macabre, downhearted, sickish, ill, nauseated, mordant, sick(p), unhinged, dour, fed up(p), mad, low-spirited, relentless, unforgiving, sorry, crazy, drab, ghastly, depressed, dingy, inexorable, dreary, queasy, drear, grisly, sick of(p), tired of(p)

    Antonyms:
    elated, unsarcastic, pleasant, cheerful, unalarming, placable

  3. black, grim, mordant(adj)

    harshly ironic or sinister

    "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"

    Synonyms:
    blackened, dispirited, opprobrious, bootleg, black-market, disgraceful, calamitous, macabre, dismal, dark, sick, disconsolate, black, fateful, down in the mouth, unforgiving, low, smuggled, unrelenting, inglorious, stern, dim, pitch-dark, fatal, unappeasable, gruesome, ghastly, pitch-black, downhearted, low-spirited, mordant, down(p), dour, downcast, contraband, erosive, shameful, disastrous, smutty, relentless, corrosive, forbidding, ignominious, sorry, vitriolic, gloomy, drab, bleak, depressed, dingy, inexorable, dreary, drear, grisly, caustic, blue, sinister

    Antonyms:
    unsarcastic, pleasant, cheerful, placable, elated, unalarming

  4. dour, forbidding, grim(adj)

    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

    "a dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie

    Synonyms:
    down(p), dispirited, ominous, pertinacious, baleful, forbidding, sullen, dogged, dark, moody, disconsolate, threatening, glum, black, grisly, drear, minatory, low, unrelenting, down in the mouth, stern, blue, glowering, unappeasable, gruesome, sour, sinister, macabre, downhearted, saturnine, tenacious, mordant, drab, dour, downcast, menacing, unyielding, low-spirited, relentless, unforgiving, sick, gloomy, morose, ghastly, depressed, sorry, dingy, inexorable, dreary, dismal, persistent, minacious

    Antonyms:
    elated, placable, unalarming, cheerful, pleasant, unsarcastic

  5. gloomy, grim, blue, depressed, dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, low, low-spirited(adj)

    filled with melancholy and despondency

    "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood"; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted"

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, pleasant, placable, cheerful, unsarcastic, elated

  6. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

    Synonyms:
    black, blueish, non-white, gloomful, stern, unappeasable, ghastly, moody, forbidding, relentless, dingy, raunchy, bluish, mordant, sorry, risque, gruesome, depressed, dirty, gamey, down in the mouth, low, sinister, olive-drab, lamentable, muddied, unrelenting, sullen, juicy, sulky, bad, gloomy, meritless, low-spirited, saturnine, good-for-naught, dispirited, gamy, down(p), grisly, good-for-nothing, dark, naughty, unconsolable, benighted, sad, muddy, sober, gentle, grubby, grungy, dark-skinned, aristocratic, inconsolable, racy, regretful, somber, spicy, blue-blooded, blue, puritanical, no-count, drear, macabre, disconsolate, no-account, dreary, grimy, coloured, inexorable, puritanic, aristocratical, no-good, deplorable, glowering, morose, pitiful, patrician, profane, blasphemous, sombre, drab, glum, unforgiving, glooming, sour, blue(a), downcast, downhearted, distressing, dour, obscure, sick, dismal, begrimed

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, pleasant, placable, elated, cheerful, unsarcastic

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. grim

    Synonyms:
    fierce, ferocious, terrible, hideous, ugly, ghastly, sullen, stern

    Antonyms:
    mild, docile, attractive, placid, benign

Editors Contribution

  1. appalling

    when you get astounded or you get feared by a horrific thing

    the sight of black cat grimed at me.

    Submitted by rinat on August 19, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. grim(a.)

    Synonyms:
    fierce, ferocious, ruthless, cruel, savage

  2. grim(a.)

    Synonyms:
    frightful, horrible, hideous, grisly, appalling, dire, horrid, terrific, dreadful, of forbidding look

How to pronounce grim?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say grim in sign language?

  1. grim

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankingword
#271black
#402low
#618blue
#841bad
#1640dark
#2263sorry
#3304crazy
#3964severe
#4248mad
#4320ill
#4328dirty
#4358sick
#4924tough
#5071sad
#6918terrible
#7139strict
#7689ugly
#7759disturbed
#8075gentle
#8139naughty
#8192fatal
#9271brutal
#9332pale
#9389dim
#9645persistent
#9703wan
#9902threatening
#10536stern
#11437harsh
#11816coloured
#11986juicy
#11990moody
#12027sour
#12618stark
#12913depressed
#13075disturbing
#13380obscure
#13395spicy
#14061shocking
#14856grim
#15142fierce
#16120dire
#16946tenacious
#17452awkward
#18321muddy
#18616unpleasant
#19532sober
#19559sinister
#20906depressing
#21931disgusting
#22594daunting
#22839disastrous
#24248relentless
#25029bleak
#25042bootleg
#26847troublesome
#28256raunchy
#28501unbalanced
#28539dismal
#28701gloomy
#28776clumsy
#29440corrosive
#29867shameful
#30944deformed
#30977hideous
#31860ominous
#32543profane
#32741disgusted
#34766blackened
#35779caustic
#36370gruesome
#36399macabre
#36836discouraging
#36903grotesque
#37338dreary
#37348horrid
#38220risque
#38464demented
#39188exacting
#39287adamant
#39424ferocious
#39813nagging
#40726menacing
#40996pitiful
#41643contraband
#42259fateful
#42416forbidding
#42423distressing
#43052drab
#43152repulsive
#45019aristocratic
#45066unattractive
#45257disgraceful
#45349smuggled
#45940bluish
#47042ghastly
#47719racy
#47762somber
#49169unrelenting
#50489dogged
#53038austere
#54515frightful
#55032deplorable
#57592odious
#58157grisly
#58318dingy
#58451sullen
#59538sombre
#60472unforgiving
#63360unhinged
#63820patrician
#63931blasphemous
#65806grubby
#68728dour
#73839inexorable
#77107glum
#77150sulky
#77553unyielding
#78143pallid
#81217nauseous
#81752downcast
#82500grimy
#86167grungy
#86369morose
#86575queasy
#88964erosive
#95216lamentable
#98549uncouth
#100013vitriolic
#108246puritanical
#113981nauseated
#114245baleful
#116500benighted
#117416mordant
#121753ignominious
#121797ungainly
#127931calamitous
#134051regretful
#134215intransigent
#135003muddied
#140999smutty
#145816inconsolable
#147160dispirited
#157749inglorious
#167212disconsolate
#167707charnel
#169244drear
#177601meritless
#185337adamantine
#186740saturnine
#193909gamey
#195687glowering
#203639sepulchral
#208795blueish
#212513unlovely
#245806downhearted
#285694opprobrious

How to use grim in a sentence?

  1. Tony Blair:

    It's a grim business, it's awful, it's really awful.

  2. President George H.W. Bush:

    I remember very quiet nights at the dinner table, george was weighing grim scenarios and ominous intelligence about potentially even more devastating attacks.

  3. Marshall McLuhan:

    The future masters of technology will have to be light-hearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb.

  4. Arabella Carter-Johnson:

    I'm hopeful for more improvements, one day, I want her to be able to get a job and live independently, and we will try our absolute best to make that happen. Autism doesn't have to be this grim diagnosis -- it's seeing the brilliance in differences and embracing those.

  5. Amy Webb:

    Anyone would be lucky to get a job there -- if the vulturous hedge fund wasn’t our owner, it’s a pretty grim reality.


Translations for grim

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for grim »

Translation

Find a translation for the grim synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Images & Illustrations of grim

  1. grim
    grim
    grim
    grim
    grim

Discuss these grim synonyms with the community:

0 Comments


    Citation

    Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "grim." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 25 Feb. 2021. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/grim>.

    Are we missing a good synonym for grim?

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a human thesaurus?

    »
    A word similar to "limited"?
    • A. immoderate
    • B. circumscribed
    • C. general
    • D. unqualified

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for grim:

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.