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
At the concert Sunday, fellow violinist Connie Kupka delivered touching opening remarks, a somber but paradoxical affirmation of music not just as an escape but as an enriching, unflinching representation of life itself.
The House of Representatives voted 147-0 in favor of the bill following a somber and poignant debate.
Despite the chill wind, low temperatures, and momentary snowfall, the feeling along Boylston Street Sunday morning was alternately somber and joyous.
And in an age when our blockbusters feel more pointlessly busy and somber than ever, that just might come as a relief.
The juxtaposition of this statement with the teller’s matter-of-fact response—about systemic barriers keeping black lawyers and, by extension, black people, from realizing success—is somber, a hallmark of Glover’s meditative show.
The somber, sacred space, standing atop a hill, begins with slavery.
That truth comes through with somber clarity in the film’s eloquent coda, which almost makes up for the silliness that precedes it.
On Monday, Cole’s Somerset County Sheriff’s Department pickup truck was parked in front of the stage, a somber reminder of the crime.
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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
Definition of somber for English Language Learners
: very sad and serious
: having a dull or dark color
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