American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Partial or total darkness; dimness: switched on a table lamp to banish the gloom of a winter afternoon.
- n. A partially or totally dark place, area, or location.
- n. An atmosphere of melancholy or depression: Gloom pervaded the office.
- n. A state of melancholy or depression; despondency.
- v. To be or become dark, shaded, or obscure.
- v. To feel, appear, or act despondent, sad, or mournful.
- v. To make dark, shaded, or obscure.
- v. Archaic To make despondent; sadden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dim, glimmering shade; deep twilight; cheerless obscurity; darkness: as, the gloom of a forest.
- n. Hence — A dark place.
- n. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; dejection, melancholy, sullenness, and the like, or an aspect indicative of such feelings.
- n. A depressing or disheartening condition of affairs; a dismal aspect or prospect.
- n. In gunpowder-manuf., the drying-oven. Synonyms Obscurity, Dimness, etc. See
darkness.—Depression, melancholy, sadness.
- To appear dimly; be seen in an imperfect or waning light; glimmer; be in darkness or obscurity.
- To exhibit or produce a somber or melancholy feeling; appear sad, gloomy, or dismal; frown; lower.
- To darken, or make dark, gloomy, or somber.
- To fill with gloom or despondency; make gloomy or sad.
- n. darkness, dimness or obscurity.
- n. a melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere
- v. intransitive To be dark or gloomy.
- v. intransitive to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.
- v. transitive To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
- v. transitive To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity.
- n. A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.
- n. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.
- n. In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.
- v. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.
- v. To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight.
- v. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.
- v. To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.
- n. a state of partial or total darkness
- n. a feeling of melancholy apprehension
- n. an atmosphere of depression and melancholy
- From Middle English *gloom, *glom, from Old English glōm ("gloaming, twilight, darkness"), from Proto-Germanic *glōmaz (“gleam, shimmer, sheen”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰel- (“to gleam, shimmer, glow”). Cognate with Norwegian glom ("transparent membrane"). (Wiktionary)
- Probably from Middle English gloumen, to become dark, look glum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Likewise, he wants to stay away from what he calls the "gloom," saying it's almost too easy to tell the story of Detroit's decline through moving images.”
“Who needs to soak themselves in gloom and cynicism and fighting?”
“The silence of gloom is merciful, shrouding one as with protection and breathing a thousand intangible sympathies; but the bright White Silence, clear and cold, under steely skies, is pitiless.”
“My question to you Bo, besides the doom and gloom is this: what is your proposed solution to this mess besides another World War to clear up energy consumers? nick Says:”
“I don't want to hear more doom and gloom from the Republicans, I want their alternative plan with a cost estimate.”
“Well, it was not with the idea of castin 'gloom over this merry gatherin'.”
“All this doom and gloom from the Hillary supporters ... what are you going to do in 2 weeks when”
“Without you ... emptiness and gloom is around poor America.”
“On the other hand, self-pitying gloom is no virtue.”
“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is projecting long-term gloom and doom for Venezuela: negative per capita GDP growth over the next five years.”
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