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 funeral is by design an intensely somber event, but also rich in history and cultural and spiritual tradition.
The trademark smile and swagger that star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson usually brings to the Texans' huddle were absent Friday, a somber day as a harsh reality set in about his epic season being abruptly cut short.
The result is an exhibit that’s both somber and celebratory.
The president’s actions shifted the normally private and somber functions of a commander in chief consoling grieving military families into the very public political arena.
Southeast of the city is the Apartheid Museum, one of the world’s most somber tourist attractions.
Campillo, who co-wrote the script with AIDS activist and educator Philippe Mangeot, captures the mood of an era with a specificity that's by turns somber and joyous.
All around him, teammates sat at tables and ate from the postgame spread inside a somber room.
Nelms’ vacancy, which is separate from those four seats, is a somber twist.
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Origin and Etymology of somber
First Known Use: 1760See Words from the same year
Synonymsblack, caliginous, darkened, darkish, darkling, darksome, dim, dimmed, dusk, dusky, gloomy, lightless, murky, obscure, obscured, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, rayless, dark (or sombre), stygian, tenebrific, tenebrous, unlit
Antonymsbright, brightened, brilliant, illuminated, illumined, light, lit (or lighted), lightsome, lucent, lucid, luminous
Related Wordscrepuscular, twilit; moonless, starless, sunless; cloudy, dull, dulled, lackluster; shadowlike, shadowy, shady; gray (also grey), leaden, pale; beclouded, befogged, clouded, foggy, fuliginous, misty, smoggy, soupy
Near Antonymsablaze, agleam, aglitter, alight, beaming, beamy, effulgent, glaring, glowing, incandescent, lambent, radiant, relucent, resplendent, shining, sparkling; ultrabright; glossy, lustrous, shiny; floodlit (also floodlighted), highlighted, spotlighted (or spotlit); moonlit, moony, starlit, sunlit
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