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- n. The characteristic of being dreary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sorrow; wretchedness.
- n. Dismalness; gloomy solitude.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being dreary.
- n. Sorrow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme dullness; lacking spirit or interest
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A certain dreariness overtakes the consistent, relentless cleverness.
The dreariness is a pretty terrible factor with this one as it gets overbearing at times.
I despise this kind of dreariness -- rather be in state prison near the folks.
So there was no end to this thing, no awakening and disillusioning, none of the disappointment and dreariness which is likely to attend the translating of a dream into work-a-day life.
I do not of course mean, Heaven forbid! that people should try to converse seriously; that results in the worst kind of dreariness, in feeling, as Stevenson said, that one has the brain of a sheep and the eyes of a boiled codfish.
"My friend was very cheerful, and seemed to enjoy everything; but a kind of dreariness came over me, and I began comparing the loveliness of the summer evening with the cold misty blank that seemed to make up my future.
Before Mama and I ended up on the streets, it was a wonderful escape from the dreariness of the life we were living.
The text seems to scream out from the paper, "Fulfill your fate!" and the paint obliges with a gorgeous dreariness.
There are pretty period details in its pre-first world war London/the Midlands setting, as well as an impressive cast, including Rosamund Pike and Rory Kinnear, but these flourishes do little to lift the dank dreariness of it all.
However – there is also the drudgery and dreariness of just getting on with what is left of life and the loss of joy and the profound sadness.
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