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a. Partial or total darkness; dimness: switched on a table lamp to banish the gloom of a winter afternoon.
b. A partially or totally dark place, area, or location.
a. An atmosphere of melancholy or depression: Gloom pervaded the office.
b. A state of melancholy or depression; despondency.
v. gloomed, gloom·ing, glooms
1. To be or become dark, shaded, or obscure.
2. To feel, appear, or act despondent, sad, or mournful.
1. To make dark, shaded, or obscure.
2. Archaic To make despondent; sadden.

[Probably from Middle English gloumen, to become dark, look glum.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.glooming - depressingly dark; "the gloomy forest"; "the glooming interior of an old inn"; "`gloomful' is archaic"
dark - devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; "sitting in a dark corner"; "a dark day"; "dark shadows"; "dark as the inside of a black cat"
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