Gradgrindian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Thomas Gradgrind, a character in Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times.

Adjective[edit]

Gradgrindian (comparative more Gradgrindian, superlative most Gradgrindian)

  1. Having a soulless devotion to facts and figures; inflexibly utilitarian.
    • But today's winning businesses are positively Gradgrindian in their pursuit of the truth. — "Winners must be facts-obsessed in pursuit for truth", Financial Times, 13 November 2006

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes used without the initial capital.