1. An adjective taken from the root words of grim and darkness, both of which are featured in the tagline for Warhammer 40,000: "In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war." It is usually used to describe a setting that would equal poor living conditions and life expectancies for those actually living in it.
"Man at 4chan they have this totally grimdark picture of Inspector Gadget."
by kbeir October 8, 2008
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To be excessively violent, bleak, or amoral.
Considering that at its core its about caped superheroes punching each other, the grimdark tone of Batman vs. Superman felt very out of place.
by bandop March 27, 2017
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Used to describe any setting or character in a game, film, series, book, or other concept that is unnecessarily both grim and dark. Usually produced by the inexperienced or immature in an attempt to appear deep or satirical, grimdark settings or grimdark characters are a pale simplification of the harshness of the world, and tend to utilize a gratuitous amount of gore, dark clothing, juvenile metaphor, and autistic notions of 'badass'.
"You gotta check out my new short story guys! It's so badass, there's this guy with an eyepatch and it can see the darkness in your soul so he hunts down these demons in this post-apocalyptic city but he's also a demon and he only says stuff like, 'I wish I'd never been born!' and shit like that and it rains aborted fetuses every night and he rides a velociraptor with milky nipples an-"

"Dude, slow down and breathe, your story is dripping with grimdarkness."

"-Giant spaceship that's just full of bleeding skulls and it just blows up the entire moon and blocks out the sky so it's darker than dark like the abyss of my heart and-"

"Christ, why am I friends with you?"
by Sir Nicolas the Cage December 27, 2014
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