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bleakness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bleak  \Bleak\,  a.  [OE.  blac,  bleyke  bleche,  AS  bl[=a]c,  bl?c, 
  pale,  wan;  akin  to  Icel.  bleikr  Sw  blek,  Dan.  bleg,  OS 
  bl?k,  D.  bleek,  OHG.  pleih  G.  bleich;  all  from  the  root  of 
  AS  bl[=i]can  to  shine;  akin  to  OHG.  bl[=i]chen  to  shine;  cf 
  L.  flagrare  to  burn,  Gr  ?  to  burn,  shine,  Skr.  bhr[=a]j  to 
  shine,  and  E.  flame.  ?98.  Cf  {Bleach},  {Blink},  {Flame}.] 
  1.  Without  color;  pale;  pallid.  [Obs.] 
 
  When  she  came  out  she  looked  as  pale  and  as  bleak  as 
  one  that  were  laid  out  dead.  --Foxe. 
 
  2.  Desolate  and  exposed;  swept  by  cold  winds. 
 
  Wastes  too  bleak  to  rear  The  common  growth  of  earth, 
  the  foodful  ear.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  At  daybreak,  on  the  bleak  sea  beach.  --Longfellow. 
 
  3.  Cold  and  cutting;  cheerless;  as  a  bleak  blast.  -- 
  {Bleak"ish},  a.  --  {Bleak"ly},  adv  --  {Bleak"ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bleakness 
  n  :  a  bleak  and  desolate  atmosphere  [syn:  {desolation}] 




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