Examples of somber in a Sentence
- Looking out at his audience, a somber mass of monks, Gregory gave Mary a new identity that would shape her image for fourteen hundred years. —Jonathan Darman, Newsweek, 29 May 2006
- This year marks a somber anniversary—it was 150 years ago that humans wiped out the last survivors of this species. A relative of the razorbills and puffins, and about the size of a small goose, the great auk was black-bodied with a white underbelly, and walked erect, like a penguin. —Bill Montevecchi, Natural History, August 1994
- The purple darkness was filled with men who lectured and jabbered. Sometimes he could see them gesticulating against the blue and somber sky. —Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage, 1895
Her death put us in a somber mood.
The movie is a somber portrait of life on the streets.
He wore a somber suit.
Recent Examples of somber from the Web
The celebrations will ricochet between the somber and the festive.
With a joyous but somber feel, the event marked a change in tone from the protests that have disrupted the capital city's downtown.
With a joyous but somber feel, the event marked a change in tone from the protests that have disrupted the capital city’s downtown.
These stories are tough to hear, and this exhibit will be an intensely emotional and somber experience.
And despite the fact that there was a serious and somber undercurrent throughout the entire march, plenty of protesters showed off their sense of humor through their signs by incorporating memes.
The few other onlookers on the beach were also silenced for words and there was a very somber and regretful atmosphere amongst everyone.
The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar NASHVILLE – Chris Mack's postgame address hit notes that were equal parts somber and affectionate.
Today, the on-site heritage museum—and remote, empty landscapes—are lovely yet somber reminders of a community lost.
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Origin and Etymology of somber
First Known Use: 1760See Words from the same year
black, bleak, cheerless, chill, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dire, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, saturnine, sepulchral, solemn, sullen, sunless, wretched;
SOMBER Defined for English Language Learners
: very sad and serious
: having a dull or dark color
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