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adj. gloom·i·er, gloom·i·est
1. Partially or totally dark, especially dismal and dreary: a damp, gloomy day.
2. Showing or filled with gloom: gloomy faces.
a. Causing or producing gloom; depressing: gloomy news.
b. Marked by hopelessness; very pessimistic: gloomy predictions.

gloom′i·ly adv.
gloom′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gloominess - an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
cloud - a cause of worry or gloom or trouble; "the only cloud on the horizon was the possibility of dissent by the French"
bareness, bleakness, desolation, nakedness - a bleak and desolate atmosphere; "the nakedness of the landscape"
2.gloominess - a feeling of melancholy apprehension
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
melancholy - a feeling of thoughtful sadness
3.gloominess - the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness
uncheerfulness - not conducive to cheer or good spirits
غَم، كآبَه، عَتْمَه
dimma; drungi


(= darkness, of place, sky) → Düsterkeit f; (of day, weather, light)Trübheit f
(= despondency: of person) → Niedergeschlagenheit f, → Bedrücktheit f; (= melancholy)Trübsinn m; (= pessimism)Pessimismus m; (of thoughts, expression)Düsterkeit f; (of forecast, future, news)bedrückende Art; (of outlook)Trübheit f; (of assessment, view)pessimistische Art


(gluːm) noun
1. a state of not quite complete darkness. I could not tell the colour of the car in the gloom.
2. sadness. The king's death cast a gloom over the whole country.
ˈgloomy adjective
1. sad or depressed. Don't look so gloomy.
2. depressing. gloomy news.
3. dim; dark. gloomy rooms.
ˈgloominess noun
References in classic literature ?
Hence perhaps she had contracted a little gloominess of temper, for she was rather a good servant than a good wife; nor had she always the gratitude to return the extraordinary degree of roaring mirth, with which the squire received her, even with a good-humoured smile.
And by the same token, how was I to guess that her brother Pat's offishness with me was anything else than temperamental gloominess of spirit?
In spite of the gloominess of nature around him, he felt peculiarly eager.
Ferguson, still cold and impassible, talked of this, that, and the other; but he strove in vain to overcome this infectious gloominess.
His manners, though serious, were mild; and his reserve appeared rather the result of some oppression of spirits than of any natural gloominess of temper.
The fading light increased the gloominess of the bleak and savage wilderness that stretched so far on every side of him, and there was even a fearful character in the stillness of those little huts, that he knew were so abundantly peopled.
In the Strait of Magellan looking due southward from Port Famine, the distant channels between the mountains appeared from their gloominess to lead beyond the confines of this world.
Then, without noticing the gloominess of the mate's countenance he went in again.
A visit to this epic masterpiece of the Talpur dynasty shows a sadistic picture which triggers feelings of gloominess and gives a prime example of how a state's neglect can cost the nation to this extent.
IN 2016 TERRORISM BECAME THE MOST dramatic reason for contemporary French gloominess (morosite), but it was not the only reason.
Mom gave up about halfway up the climb--the twisting staircases were treacherous at best, but Mike and I made it to the top and were rewarded with a breathtaking view, despite the relative gloominess of the overcast day.
Challenged in a type of unorganized, substitute realism, intermingled with moralist expository digressions generating a consistently flat style (Hill, 2016), the narrative form of Houellebecq's work is a disheartening, monotonous and non-ironical lyricism proportionate with its theme of existential despondency and gloominess.