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cold and forbidding

broodingly and sullenly unhappy

Synonyms for dour

harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

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showing a brooding ill humor

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All the visual dourness seems to infect the characters, whose lack of emotional connection to one another saps their love and hate of true feeling.
Brown on the other hand, really they found very lack-lustre, his mood and his dourness.
The dourness of the urban surroundings also lends itself to the one-off celebration, the fantasy of escapism, the chance to be stars for the night.
Owen, oozing suavity and virility, clearly relishes the chance to throw off his habitual on-screen dourness (witness The International), and it's a delight to see Roberts once more in a starring role.
I'm tired of all the dourness and doomsaying; of the grimace that's required whenever we discuss it and blackness in general; of the countless humorless men and women who scold every impulse toward comfort or laughter or, dare I say it, optimism.
And, as if to prove that no one can outdo the Scots in dourness, several from there wrote that, whatever new fines were planned, they'd only go to the North of England, not over the border.
We thought that Mr Brown would cast off his customary dourness once he got to No 10.
The author draws out the contrast between their glittering appearance and spiritual vacuity by exaggerating their falsity and periodically trading Caraccioli's light-heartedness for the dourness of the satirist who stands apart from the object of critique and unmasks it.
The combination of Essex raunch (van Outen), Scottish dourness (Hansen) and retro charm (Lulu) seems to be pressing the right buttons with customers, and footfall growth has been stellar.
Though he's lived in England since 1968, Norman has retained the lilt of the local loons and a certain characteristic dourness.
In the same year, 1883, the Reverend Augustus Jessop referred less helpfully to the dourness of rural life: "The swains of modern Arcady are very, very, very grim, they are no longer laughing animals.
Because Wales has a disturbing number of males who are umbilically attached to their Mams and can be reduced to gibbering wrecks by the opening bars of Calon Lan, we occasionally need a dose of New Zealand dourness.
There's just a kind of a dourness to it, and at the same time, promiscuity, alcohol, marijuana, infidelity -- these things were really at the forefront, and I get that not just from reading John Cheever; that's from the people who were there.
The exciting beat of rock'n'roll and R&B liberated the first wave of Baby Boomers from the dourness of suburban housing and Cold War anxiety.
Wimsey, so far from being put off by the hand's dourness and the master's cruelty, is rhetorically energized by the circumstances: