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 emerging lessons in Charlottesville are somber.
But as the national mood has turned more somber, the ability to succeed away from home has turned from an electoral asset into a liability.
Last year’s march, held weeks after a gunman killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., was somber.
Diane Smith firstname.lastname@example.org Bedford apartment: The mood is somber where Kaytlynn was last seen with her dog.
Our next lunch was somber, and the day after that my three co-workers went out to eat, not inviting me.
There was no dancing as the mood grew more somber during a Vietnam veterans song.
Press secretary Sean Spicer described it as a somber scene.
Trump said, his tone somber, America’s acrimonious politics set aside for the moment.
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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
SOMBER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of somber for English Language Learners
: very sad and serious
: having a dull or dark color
SOMBER Defined for Kids
Definition of somber for Students
- a somber mood
- somber news
- somber colors
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