from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being somber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being somber; gloominess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Somber character, appearance, or state; darkness; gloominess.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

    The Filigree Ball

  • Life might easily come to be sober to somberness, which is a thing unwholesome and undesirable.

    A Hero and Some Other Folks

  • "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.

    The Purdue Exponent

  • 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:

    Dreamseller: The Calling

  • As 2011 comes to an end, I feel a somberness lying heavy on the world.

    Nancy Chuda: To Invent Fire

  • 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.

    U.S. Forces Kill Osama bin Laden

  • He likened the mood of the waterfront park to visiting Pearl Harbor, where he was struck by the location's somberness.

    In N.J., a More Modest Memorial

  • 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.

    Theater review of 'Locomotion' 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.

    Return to the Grim and Dark

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