Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Somber character, appearance, or state; darkness; gloominess.
- n. The state or quality of being somber.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being somber; gloominess.
- n. a manner that is serious and solemn
- n. a feeling of melancholy apprehension
- n. a state of partial or total darkness
- From somber + -ness (Wiktionary)
“The black hollow of its disused portal looked out from shadows which acquired some of their somberness from the tragic memories connected with its empty void.”
“Life might easily come to be sober to somberness, which is a thing unwholesome and undesirable.”
“This Life is a Mist," the first track, starts the album off in a very mellow and transcending mood while evoking emotions of somberness, which is distinctly used to create an uprising of emotion throughout the rest of the album.”
“Suddenly the dreamseller put aside his somberness, changed to a more pleasant tone and climbed on top of an armchair beside him and called out:”
“As 2011 comes to an end, I feel a somberness lying heavy on the world.”
“There was a mix of somberness of and celebration near Ground Zero, where a new tower is rapidly becoming part of the city's skyline.”
“He likened the mood of the waterfront park to visiting Pearl Harbor, where he was struck by the location's somberness.”
“Like the set's jet-black New York City skyline, looming behind candy-colored, graffiti-textured rooms and streets, a strain of somberness runs through "Locomotion," the moving and extraordinarily well-acted children's production at the Kennedy Center Family Theater.”
“Occasional shafts of sunlight, penetrating the deep shade, warmed the somberness of the grove.”
“The Kimbell's silvery light allows us to see the somberness up close.”
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