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Synonyms for somberness

a state of partial or total darkness

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a feeling of melancholy apprehension

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Though emotional outbursts were discouraged in general, these texts display a clear preference for cheerfulness over somberness or gloom.
Still it was hard to determine the precise nature of the profanity-laced somberness that seemed to waft about die word as it was spoken--whether it had something to do with the accident, or Chernobyl itself, or with the common frustration of waiting in line to buy produce that would be sold out by the time you got to the sales counter.
For history, as he famously states, is "indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind." The somberness of this truth is relieved by the evident relish with which he serves up his sorrowful tale.
As children learned to curb their passions and defer gratification, childhood, like adulthood, came to be characterized by a somberness and solemnness that often seems strange to modern eyes (Reinhardt 33, 46).
Meanwhile, there was somberness in the air when colleagues and citizens arrived to pay homage to slain SP Mukul Dwiedi.
Another of this essay's strengths is the way it documents the poem's unsettling mixture of tones, somberness mingled with a strange gaiety, and finds a context that helps explain it.
Zardari named his 19-year-old son as the party chairman even as he himself practically took over the PPP without so much as a dissenting note given the somberness of the occasion.
Young also reflects on the somberness he witnessed among the Germans as he travelled from Nijmegen to Oldenburg, Germany, after the war.
Dad's Dead," saying that As I Lay Dying "treats of the material and characters of Southwestern humor converted to a somberness and grotesqueness" ("William Faulkner and George Washington Harris" 54).
The writing falls somewhere between the campiness of Capcom's "Dead Rising'' and the somberness of Telltale's "The Walking Dead'' games, with welcome flashes of black comedy to relieve the anxiety.
The children wept parents screamed and the whole country wept a river of tears during the past few weeks the somberness persists even now and so does the gloomy atmosphere.
This still stands as one of my favorite sketches I think because I was personally moved by the somberness of this my first ramp event and the sincerity of everyone's loss.
This somberness means not a single smile, much less a chuckle, from readers; devotees of the art form might hesitate to rate Death of the Black-Haired Girl alongside high-water marks by Kingsley Amis, Mary McCarthy, David Lodge, Jane Smiley, Bernard Malamud, and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.
Yet the colors remain cool and limited, tending to somberness. Anyone who has had a dark night of the soul is likely to feel the intense anguish of these works, and to fear a bit for their author.
A pretense at somberness that the nation goes through in this period of electing a government is nothing short of an absolute mockery that needs to be applauded for its absurdity.