adjective (grittier; -est) Date: 1598 1. containing or resembling grit 2. courageously persistent ; plucky <
a gritty heroine
3. having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism <
a gritty novel
grittily adverbgrittiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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