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

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"Somberness" Quotes from Famous Books

... that nodded over her wide-brimmed hat, to the pointed toe of the patent leather boot that peeped from under her gown—a filmy gauzy thing setting loosely to her slender shapely figure. She laughed at the somberness of her reflection, which she at once set about relieving with a great bunch of geraniums—big and scarlet and long-stemmed, that she thrust ...
— At Fault • Kate Chopin

... eyes, and huge mustache, as well as the plug of tobacco which he sliced with a huge knife, put the crowd in good humor, and relieved somewhat the somberness of the proceedings. ...
— The After House • Mary Roberts Rinehart

... glory of the tropic sunrise, Mr. Maxwell and I landed in Province Wellesley, under the magnificent casuarina trees which droop in mournful grace over the sandy shore. The somberness of the interminable groves of cocoa-palms on the one side of the Strait, the brightness of the sun-kissed peaks on the other, and the deep shadows on the amber water, were all beautiful. Truly in the tropics "the outgoings ...
— The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither • Isabella L. Bird (Mrs. Bishop)

... room, dim with the heavy somberness of the leaden atmosphere, he saw his visitor standing looking out of the window—a tall, broad-shouldered, small-waisted striking figure, with a neat black turban crowning her closely braided hair. At his step she turned, and revealed the gravely handsome face of Genevieve Ryan. He made ...
— The Spinner's Book of Fiction • Various

... various kinds would be released. The steamer began to look like a less discouraging proposition. She was no longer the icicle that had put a chill into underwriters and bidders. Mayo lost the somberness that had weighed upon him. The sea did not seem so lonely and so threatening. He felt that he could show something tangible and hopeful to the parties whom Captain Can-dage might ...
— Blow The Man Down - A Romance Of The Coast - 1916 • Holman Day

... under William, Duke of Normandy, began with the battle of Hastings in 1066. The literature which they brought to England is remarkable for its bright, romantic tales of love and adventure, in marked contrast with the strength and somberness of Anglo-Saxon poetry. During the three centuries following Hastings, Normans and Saxons gradually united. The Anglo-Saxon speech simplified itself by dropping most of its Teutonic inflections, absorbed eventually a large part ...
— English Literature - Its History and Its Significance for the Life of the English Speaking World • William J. Long

Words linked to "Somberness" :   somber, dread, stodginess, earnestness, apprehensiveness, sincerity, melancholy, apprehension, semidarkness, soberness, stuffiness, seriousness, serious-mindedness

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