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 Golden Knights' home opener was a bit more somber than the franchise originally planned, although the crowd was still whipped into a frenzy by the team's excellent play.
After that, the show jarringly went from a somber tribute to a high-spirited opening dance number—but as Tom said, the show must go on.
The revival of the MTV series began on a somber note following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
In the control room, somber technicians hugged each other.
The mood was somber at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, as Cassini transmitted data about the upper reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere.
Ten horses followed behind in the somber procession, including one that didn’t have a rider, signifying Lafontaine-Greywind, who according to reports was a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe.
Earlier, Trump led a moment of silence in a brief, somber ceremony at the White House.
The private history of the Adams family was somber: JQA’s two brothers, and two of his three sons, were alcoholics.
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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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