August 02, 2016
bleak (adjective)
\BLEEK\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : open to wind or weather2 : cold, raw3 : dreary, cheerless4 : very plain
How do you use it?
"In the morning, when I was fighting my way to school against the wind, I couldn't see anything but the road in front of me; but in the late afternoon, when I was coming home, the town looked bleak and desolate to me." (Willa Cather, _My Antonia_)
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In the example sentence, author Willa Cather uses two synonyms: "bleak" and "desolate." Can you find a third synonym in the list below?

Cheer up if you chose C! "Bleak," "desolate," and "dismal" can all be used to describe something that lacks cheer or comfort. "Bleak" suggests chill, dull, and barren characteristics that utterly dishearten, as in "the bleak years of the Depression." "Desolate" adds an element of utter remoteness or lack of human contact to any already disheartening aspect, as in "a desolate outpost." "Dismal" indicates extreme and utterly depressing gloominess, as in "dismal weather."
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