One who relies solely on scientific measurements and observable facts without taking human nature into consideration.
Origin: Thomas Gradgrind, a pedantic teacher in Dickens' Hard Times.
Mr Thomas Gradgrind is the notorious headmaster in Dickens's novel Hard Times who is dedicated to the pursuit of profitable enterprise. His name is now used generically to refer to someone who is hard and only concerned with cold facts and numbers.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gräd′grīnd, n. one who regulates all human things by rule and compass and the mechanical application of statistics, allowing nothing for sentiment, emotion, and individuality. [From Thomas Gradgrind in Dickens's Hard Times.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a character in "Hard Times," who weighs and measures everything by a hard and fast rule and makes no allowances.
The numerical value of gradgrind in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of gradgrind in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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