Of forbidding or fear-inspiring aspect; fierce; stern; surly; cruel; frightful; horrible. "Whose grim aspect sets every joint a-shaking." (Shak). "The ridges of grim war." (Milton)

Synonyms: Fierce, ferocious, furious, horrid, horrible, frightful, ghastly, grisly, hideous, stern, sullen, sour.

Origin: AS. Grim; akin to G. Grimm, equiv. To G. & D. Grimmig, Dan. Grim, grum, Sw. Grym, Icel. Grimmr, G. Gram grief, as adj, hostile; cf. Gr, a crushing sound, to neigh.

(01 Mar 1998)

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