American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Archaic Somber in aspect or in character: "where . . . the sombrous pine/And yew-tree o'er the silver rocks decline” ( William Wordsworth).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Somber; gloomy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Gloomy; somber.
- From French sombre + -ous. Compare Spanish sombroso. (Wiktionary)
“The sombrous and heavy sound of the billows, successively dashing against the rocky beach at a profound distance beneath, was to the ear what the landscape was to the eye — a symbol of unvaried and monotonous melancholy, not unmingled with horror.”
“The sullen hills were flanked with light, and the valleys chined with shadow, and all the sombrous moors between awoke in furrowed anger.”
“I now went down a gentle declivity the delightful park of Windsor at the foot of which it looks so sombrous and gloomy that I could not help fancying it was some vast Gothic old temple.”
“Again the tinkling, a low laugh, and, turning sharply toward an alcove from whence the sounds came, the duke, through the half-light and trailing, sombrous shadows of its entrance, perceived a figure in a chair.”
“On the one hand was the deserted, desolate plain over which lay a sullen, gathering mist; on the other, the sombrous obscurity of the wood.”
“After rising, dressing, washing in cold diluted rose-water, and descending to the salle-à-manger, where I had laid my morning-meal the previous evening, I promenaded an hour the only one of these long sombrous tufted corridors in which there were not more than two dead, though behind the doors on either hand, all of which I had locked, I knew that they lay in plenty.”
“The afternoon was waning when he gazed again into the deep, sombrous rift of Greenstream: from where Gordon stood, on the heights, in the flooding sun, it appeared to be already evening below.”
“Tess shook her head, brown eyes sombrous with suffering.”
“One day, while she was kneeling with wet cheeks before her mother's coffin, and praying that the sombrous overhanging cloud might pass away, a letter arrived from Lord Granville offering her husband the Consulate of Trieste [FN#261] with a salary of (pounds) 700 a year.”
“Where, mixed with graceful birch, the sombrous pine”
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