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som·ber

 (sŏm′bər)
adj.
1.
a. Dark; gloomy: a somber room.
b. Dull or dark in color: somber hues.
2.
a. Melancholy; dismal: a somber mood.
b. Serious; grave: a somber spokesperson.

[French sombre, from Old French, from *sombrer, to cast a shadow, from Late Latin subumbrāre, from Latin sub umbrā, in shadow : sub, under; see sub- + umbrā, ablative of umbra, shadow.]

som′ber·ly adv.
som′ber·ness n.

som•ber

(ˈsɒm bər)

adj.
1. gloomily dark; shadowy: a somber passageway.
2. dark and dull in color or tone: a somber dress.
3. downcast; glum: a somber mood.
4. extremely serious; grave: a somber expression on one's face.
Also, esp. Brit.,som′bre.
[1750–60; < French sombre]
som′ber•ly, adv.
som′ber•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.somber - lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
2.somber - grave or even gloomy in character; "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"

somber

adjective
2. Full of or marked by dignity and seriousness:
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Beyond sat a pair of humble lovers, artlessly holding each other by the hand, a somber spinster eating peppermints out of a paper bag, and an old gentleman taking his preparatory nap behind a yellow bandanna.
Meg admired the tragedy, so Jo piled up the agony to suit her, while Amy objected to the fun, and, with the best intentions in life, Jo quenched the spritly scenes which relieved the somber character of the story.
In the stress of privation and the need of effort I might sometimes forget the somber secret ever baffling the conjecture that it compels.
But there were the two somber figures still following him, though their black sacks were drenched and dripping with water.
Their bleak country, where the foggy and unhealthy marshes of the coast gave way further inland to vast and somber forests, developed in them during their long inactive winters a sluggish and gloomy mood, in which, however, the alternating spirit of aggressive enterprise was never quenched.
There remain also a few pagan lyric poems, which are all not only somber like 'Beowulf' but distinctly elegiac, that is pensively melancholy.
Only the barbarous and superb woman did not so much as flinch, and stretched tragically her bare arms after us over the somber and glittering river.
I saw on that ivory face the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror--of an intense and hopeless despair.
A grand piano stood mas- sively in a corner, with dark gleams on the flat sur- faces like a somber and polished sarcophagus.
The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil water- way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky--seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.
All the tearing emotion of the last few hours seemed to fall away from her like a somber, uncomfortable garment, which she had but to loosen to be rid of.
Somber mother with eyes the shade of wood, somber father who never knew