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Sombreness

noun
1.
A state of partial or total darkness.  Synonyms: gloom, somberness.
2.
A feeling of melancholy apprehension.  Synonyms: gloom, gloominess, somberness.
3.
A manner that is serious and solemn.  Synonyms: graveness, gravity, soberness, sobriety, somberness.






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"Sombreness" Quotes from Famous Books



... neighbours; and these held, as neighbours do, that the cheery, capable little woman of the world whom they met everywhere was Lady Cantourne. Circumstances alter us less than we think. If we are of a gay temperament—gay we shall be through all. If sombre, no happiness can drive that sombreness away. Lady Cantourne was meant for happiness and a joyous motherhood. She had had neither; but she went on being "meant" until the end—that is to say, she was still cheery and capable. She had thrown an open letter on the little table at her side—a letter from Jack ...
— With Edged Tools • Henry Seton Merriman

... avoiding the cares of life is no doubt merely metaphorical; but the self-imposed doom of eternal loneliness reveals the excess of sombreness in which he clothed his condition to his own perception. One may say that the adverse factors in his problem at this time were purely imaginary; that a little resolution and determined activity would have shaken off the incubus: but this is to lose sight of the gist of the matter. The situation ...
— A Study Of Hawthorne • George Parsons Lathrop

... maintenance. Perhaps the only practical expression of disapproval affecting the Monarchy heard during Queen Victoria's long reign was an occasional grumbling as to the paucity of Court functions, the absence of Royal splendour and expenditures from the City of London, the sombreness and quiet which characterized the ordinary, everyday life of the Sovereign. The total financial cost of the Monarchy has been placed at a million pounds sterling per annum, but this total includes various large sums which could just as properly be charged to the ...
— The Life of King Edward VII - with a sketch of the career of King George V • J. Castell Hopkins

... only the light of the sitting-room streamed into the hall, but the ruddier glow of an actual fire in the disused grate! The familiar dark furniture had been rearranged to catch some of the glow and relieve its sombreness. And his wife, rising from the music-stool, was ...
— Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories • Bret Harte

... would have disappointed the reader; for while the court was numerously represented, with every functionary in his utmost splendor of decoration, it was outnumbered by the brethren of the Holy Orders, whose gowns, for the most part of gray and black material unrelieved by gayety in color, imparted a sombreness to the scene which the ample light of the chamber could not entirely dissipate, assisted though it was by refractions in plenitude from heads ...
— The Prince of India - Or - Why Constantinople Fell - Volume 2 • Lew. Wallace

... changed, and they beheld new marvels of this Titanic architecture. There was no end to the gigantic and grotesque variety of the commingling outlines. The vastness, the loneliness, the stillness, the twilight sombreness, were awful. And through all reverberated incessantly the defiant ...
— Overland • John William De Forest



Words linked to "Sombreness" :   sincerity, stuffiness, dread, graveness, apprehensiveness, earnestness, serious-mindedness, melancholy, seriousness, semidarkness, apprehension, stodginess, sombre



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