Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being sober, in any sense of the word; sobriety.
- n. The state or quality of being sober.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being sober.
- n. the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol
- n. a manner that is serious and solemn
- From sober + -ness (Wiktionary)
“There are times, Anne dearie, when I know by your eyes that your soberness is put on like a garment and you're really aching to do something wild and young again.”
“A great deal of it was a strange language to May, but she half-disapproved of it, as entirely unlike the 'soberness' of Bridgefield ways, and like the Redcastle vicar, whom her father commonly called 'that madman.”
“Noonan says there is a "new soberness," which makes very little sense, considering the people who destroyed the economy have been allowed to go right back to doing the same old thing.”
“She liked him for a certain stern soberness that was his, and for his saving grace of humor.”
“For all the understandable excitement associated with a very public wedding and national occasion, there is an equally understandable public soberness this time too.”
“It's later and with time that a certain soberness, a certain inherent moderation normally take hold.”
“His penchant for harebrained schemes, his disastrous tenure as speaker of the House and his personal history, in a sense, are all part of the same issue, namely a lack of personal discipline, restraint and soberness.”
““The report was there were many tears, much soberness and humbling among the family,” Jeffs said after ordering four women and five children to leave the ranch in May 2004.”
“The Pacific has really grown on me and they both have a soberness as opposed to self-importance that will age well.”
“What distinguishes both the event and the speakers is not the topic of conversation, but its quality, content, and soberness in an age of hyperbole.”
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