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- Having a soulless devotion to facts and figures; inflexibly utilitarian.
- Synonym: Gradgrindish
- 2006 November 13, “Winners must be facts-obsessed in pursuit for truth”, in Financial Times:
- But today's winning businesses are positively Gradgrindian in their pursuit of the truth.
- 2016 February 28, John Old, “The EU refendum: Europe’s antidote to alienation and scapegoating is hope”, in The Guardian, →ISSN:
- Whether one favours a Gradgrindian Thatcherism that removes all worker rights, or a Corbynista fantasy of wholesale nationalisation, we will find these are impossible, given the reach of the Brussels acquis.
- 2018 February 16, Peter Bradshaw, “I’ve never known my times tables. Frankly, who needs them?”, in The Guardian, →ISSN:
- But I have never quite got my head around my times tables, which I think are a Gradgrindian chanting fetish periodically revived by politicians who, if they are honest with themselves, have never really needed times tables either.
Sometimes used without the initial capital.