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 (mə-rōs′, mô-)
Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.

[Latin mōrōsus, peevish, from mōs, mōr-, self-will, caprice, manner; see mē- in Indo-European roots.]

mo·rose′ly adv.
mo·rose′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moroseness - a gloomy ill-tempered feeling
moodiness - a sullen gloomy feeling
2.moroseness - a sullen moody resentful disposition
ill nature - a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition
drungi, fÿla


nVerdrießlichkeit f, → Missmut m


(məˈrəus) adjective
angry and silent.
moˈrosely adverb
moˈroseness noun
References in classic literature ?
Heathcliff followed, his accidental merriment expiring quickly in his habitual moroseness.
Master Micawber's moroseness of aspect returned upon him again, and he demanded, with some temper, what he was to do?
That minister had always been my secret enemy, though he outwardly caressed me more than was usual to the moroseness of his nature.
His sorrow had deepened this to a sullen moroseness that could not brook even the savage companionship of the ill-natured baboons.
But a grumpy recluse cannot worry his subordinates: whereas the man in whom the sense of duty is strong (or, perhaps, only the sense of self-importance), and who persists in airing on deck his moroseness all day - and perhaps half the night - becomes a grievous infliction.
And the escort, as if afraid, in the grievous condition they themselves were in, of giving way to the pity they felt for the prisoners and so rendering their own plight still worse, treated them with particular moroseness and severity.
Now it was, that after two or three such vain attempts to stifle its convivial sentiments, it threw off all moroseness, all reserve, and burst into a stream of song so cosy and hilarious, as never maudlin nightingale yet formed the least idea of.
And Michael, already deep-sunk in habitual moroseness merely looked at her calmly, not a ripple to his neck- hair nor a prick to his ears.
Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.
I am confident that his sleep was stupefied and dreamless, and that he awoke next day merely to heaviness and moroseness, and that if he lives to-day he does not remember that night, so passing was it as an incident.
In his opinion of the female sex, he exceeded the moroseness of Aristotle himself: he looked on a woman as on an animal of domestic use, of somewhat higher consideration than a cat, since her offices were of rather more importance; but the difference between these two was, in his estimation, so small, that, in his marriage contracted with Mr Allworthy's lands and tenements, it would have been pretty equal which of them he had taken into the bargain.
From day one, there is a comparative moroseness about a female child.