Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of somberness.

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

  • n. a state of partial or total darkness
  • n. a manner that is serious and solemn
  • n. a feeling of melancholy apprehension

Etymologies

sombre +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They were eyes that masked the soul with a thousand guises, and that sometimes opened, at rare moments, and allowed it to rush up as though it were about to fare forth nakedly into the world on some wonderful adventure, — eyes that could brood with the hopeless sombreness of leaden skies; that could snap and crackle points of fire like those which sparkle from

    Chapter 3

  • The sombreness and the sternness of it appeal to me, but not the sadness.

    CHAPTER 9

  • "The coastal region is quite flat, so that an excess of sky bears down with an intolerable weight, pressing the essence out of everything beneath it for it imposes such a burden on us that we have all been forced inward on ourselves in an introspective sombreness intensified by the perpetual abrasive clamor of the sea."

    The Big Book of Quixotisms

  • Fue corriendo a donde estaba Simón Pedro con el discípulo preferido de Jesús, y le dijo: or is it too cheery for the sombreness of Semana Santa?

    "No sabemos d�nde lo han puesto" / "We don't know where they have put him"

  • Someone toddles a craft, where sails and eyes and transports bring sombreness.

    Poetic Machines 07 : Christian Bök : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • This sombreness of expression was lightened occasionally when he responded in kind to a greeting from a friend or family member as they passed by.

    The Carides Pregnancy

  • But still the bush kept its sombreness along all the pellucid ether: the eternally unlighted bush.

    Kangaroo

  • The frail, wonderful Australian spring, coming out of all the gummy hardness and sombreness of the bush.

    Kangaroo

  • Blue-black clouds overhung distant islands, and draped mainland hills in unbecoming sombreness.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • The man swayed loosely to the swing of the cart, as the horse stepped down-hill, in the silent sombreness of the afternoon.

    The Virgin and the Gypsy

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