Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. uncountable The state or quality of being sullen.
- n. countable, rare The result or product of being sullen.
- n. a sullen moody resentful disposition
- n. a gloomy ill-tempered feeling
- From sullen + -ness (Wiktionary)
“They do not in sullenness deny him an answer, nor stand mute; but they tell him that they are in no care about it.”
“It consisted chiefly of a dialogue between the two lovers; and the boy, with a wonderful ease and grace and skill, mimicked the shy coquetries of the girl, her fits of petulance and dictation, and the pathetic remonstrances of her companion, his humble entreaties and his final sullenness, which is only conquered by her sudden and ample consent.”
“What was then called sullenness now took the name of resignation, and stupidity was quiet contempt.”
“She was frightened and ashamed, and the sullenness which is the refuge of most young people descended upon her like a darkness.”
“He spent the whole day in a queer mood, cherishing a kind of sullenness against himself.”
“The animal had the character of being, contrary to what his species usually are, exceedingly savage; and he suffered himself to be taken up by me and carried from his foes with a kind of sullenness; but when, being out of the reach of danger, he was put down, he gazed on his deliverer, and then crouched at his feet.”
“ill-will" he describes as "an anger that endures and grows old," and this the Philosopher ascribes to "sullenness"; while he describes”
“He thought that some of them resented his sullenness, his silence.”
“The husband noticed her sullenness; he was keen enough for that.”
“They are as good-natured in their contentment as any monarch could hope for, but they have also perfected the art of sullenness, being expert at standing in clusters with their heads tucked into their shoulders, letting their silence shout for them.”
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