Examples of dour in a Sentence
She had a dour expression on her face.
the dour mood of the crowd
Recent Examples of dour from the Web
Senate Republicans have offered increasingly dour assessments of the bill’s prospects due to a push from conservative Sens.
The result is something lighter and funnier than the dour superhero movies of late.
Those films shared a dour vision, and were broadly panned by critics as mean-spirited and frequently incoherent.
Still, despite Friday’s turmoil, not everyone had a dour view of Metro.
The Deadfire Archipelago seems quite a bit more diverse than the original Pillars of Eternity’s dour Western Europe-style forests and fantasy, too.
Colbert plays it hilariously dour as Feist holds down the song's main riff.
Coleman made the long, slow trek into the locker room with a dour look on his face.
The pope looked dour and pinched standing next to the president.
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Synonymsaustere, grim, fierce, flinty, forbidding, gruff, intimidating, lowering (also louring), rough, rugged, severe, stark, steely, stern, ungentle
Antonymsbenign, benignant, gentle, mild, nonintimidating, tender
Related Wordsbleak, cold, hostile, inhospitable, inimical, unfriendly, unsympathetic; adamant, bound, determined, firm, intent, purposeful, resolute, resolved, steadfast, unflinching; fixed, hard, hardened, hardheaded, immovable, implacable, inflexible, ironhanded, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, self-willed, set, stiff, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful); immutable, unchangeable; black, cheerless, dark, gloomy, glum, joyless, melancholic, moody, morose, sulky, sullen, surly; brooding, grave, humorless, melancholy, serious, sober, sobersided, solemn, somber (or sombre), staid, unsmiling, weighty
Near Antonymsbland, meek, mellow, soft, soothing; easy, quiet, tranquil; agreeable, bright, cheerful, inviting, pleasant, pleasing, sweet; glad, happy, lighthearted, merry, mirthful, sunny; featherbrained, flighty, frivolous, giddy, goofy, harebrained, light-headed, playful, scatterbrained, silly
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