Bleakness
Bleak Bleak (bl[=e]k), a. [OE. blac, bleyke, bleche, AS. bl[=a]c, bl[=ae]c, pale, wan; akin to Icel. bleikr, Sw. blek, Dan. bleg, OS. bl[=e]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. fle`gein to burn, shine, Skr. bhr[=a]j to shine, and E. flame. [root]98. Cf. {Bleach}, {Blink}, {Flame}.] 1. Without color; pale; pallid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

When she came out she looked as pale and as bleak as one that were laid out dead. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

2. Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds. [1913 Webster]

Wastes too bleak to rear The common growth of earth, the foodful ear. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

At daybreak, on the bleak sea beach. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

3. Cold and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast. [1913 Webster] -- {Bleak"ish}, a. -- {Bleak"ly}, adv. -- {Bleak"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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