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
This game always carries a somber tone for the folks who still remember the Colts when they were based in Baltimore.
But after the Iranian revolution ended in 1979, all celebrations turned somber.
On Wednesday morning, the folks at Fox & Friends dealt with the heartbreaking news of Roy Moore's defeat in the Alabama Senate race by engaging in some somber, thoughtful reflection.
The faithful are instructed to prepare for the big day with simplicity and to take on a more somber and subdued tone.
But amid the party vibes, there was a somber reflection on the suffering of many island nations.
An emotional scene and somber tone can be expected for the tribute.
All of the police officers spoke to us in clipped, somber tones, but laughed with the Justice Center staff like old buddies sharing inside jokes.
As the somber piano arrangement permeated the space, Mensa flexed his vocal chops and delivered the poignant hook.
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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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