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Feb 3, 2012
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Dickensian characters that became words

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gradgrind

Thomas Gradgrind catching his children at the circus
Thomas Gradgrind catching his children at the circus
Wood engraving: Harry French, 1870s

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gradgrind

PRONUNCIATION:
(GRAD-grynd)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who is solely interested in cold, hard facts.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian mill-owner in Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times. Gradgrind runs a school with the idea that hard facts and rules are more important than love, emotions, and feelings. Earliest documented use: 1855.

USAGE:
"In truth, Colleen McCullough is very much a Gradgrind when it comes to facts: They are all that is needful, presented, it must be said, without color or animation to detract from their merit."
Katherine A. Powers; Ancient Evenings; The Washington Post; Dec 15, 2002.

See more usage examples of gradgrind in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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