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When we are talking about "grim", do you attribute these two meanings to people, "to look very serious" and "unpleasant and depressing"?

Example:

He looked so grim.

Would it be "He looked very serious" or "He looked unpleasant and depressing"?

Perhaps the context would explain this, if these 2 meanings can be used with people.

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, FumbleFingers, choster, aedia λ, Hellion Jun 14 '13 at 15:54

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onelook.com/?w=grim –  MετάEd Jun 13 '13 at 14:57
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With such a sentence without context it is hard to tell. –  Matt Эллен Jun 13 '13 at 15:31

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Dictionary.com:

  1. stern and admitting of no appeasement or compromise: grim determination; grim necessity.
  2. of a sinister or ghastly character; repellent: a grim joke.
  3. having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air: a grim man but a just one; a grim countenance.
  4. fierce, savage, or cruel: War is a grim business.

As you can see by the definitions of grim from dictionary.com, either one could be right. You'd have to determine the correct meaning through context.

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