moroseness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moroseness a sullen moody resentful disposition
    • n moroseness a gloomy ill-tempered feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Moroseness Sourness of temper; sulenness.Moroseness is not precisely peevishness or fretfulness, though often accompanied with it. It denotes more of silence and severity, or ill-humor, than the irritability or irritation which characterizes peevishness. "Learn good humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degrees of pride and moroseness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moroseness The state or quality of being morose; sourness of temper; sullenness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Moroseness quality of being morose—(obs.) Moros′ity
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. morosus, peevish—mos, moris, manner.

Usage

In literature:

You used to be like a singing bird, and now you go about silent, you look sour and morose, and evil thoughts trouble your sleep.
"Homo Sum, Complete" by Georg Ebers
It weighed on his spirits, and made him morose and silent.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
It was long since Philip had been so proudly contemptuous, so morose as he was to-night.
"A Word Only A Word, Complete" by Georg Ebers
He had always meant kindly, but he had been a morose, deeply embittered man.
"Complete Short Works" by Georg Ebers
He described it to me with morose thoughtfulness.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
It was not necessary to teach you, but to hang you," says Haggart, adding morosely: "Don't talk nonsense, sailor.
"The Crushed Flower and Other Stories" by Leonid Andreyev
Your son was a lonely, a morose and an ill-living man, Mrs. Unthank.
"The Great Impersonation" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Yes,' he added, 'poor Mrs. Meadows bore most gently and tenderly with a long course of moroseness.
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He is never too morose to have a smile for you.
"Dyke Darrel the Railroad Detective" by Frank Pinkerton
The hostler was morose and in a biting mood.
"Over Prairie Trails" by Frederick Philip Grove
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In poetry:

He was morose,
but she was cheerful.
The bedroom was cold,
the feather bed close.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop
A man morose and dull and sad--
Go ask him why he feels so bad.
Behold! He answers it is drink
That put his nerves upon the blink.
"Metaphysics" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And never in our midst may sound
Discordant voice or threat morose,
But every Year that circles round
May find and bind us yet more close.
"A Christmas Carol" by Alfred Austin
Pray choose us out another text,
O man morose and narrow-minded!
Come turn the page—I read the next,
And then the next, and still I find it.
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then Pilate tried to pacify the Jews, they felt so morose,
And he wrote a title, and put it on the Cross;
And the title he wrote did the Jews amuse,
The writing was, Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then shortly after James ran away to sea without his parent's leave,
So John Rouat became morose, and sadly did grieve.
But one day he received a letter, stating his son John was dead,
And when he read the sad news all comfort from him fled.
"John Rouat the Fisherman" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Midway through "Yi Yi," a morose, skeletally thin teenager (whose nickname is Fatty) tells his date: "Movies are lifelike.
Morose 'Restless' is a little too contrived .
At the launch party for his new volume, the showrunner tells THR about the inspiration for its cover and why he's more morose than bitter -- but stayed silent on Charlie Sheen.
Rugose whitefly making landscapers morose .
HBO's 'Girls': Smartly cracking Gen Y's morose code.
Morose 'Restless' is a little too contrived.
Rugose whitefly making landscapers morose.
So it's no surprise to encounter more morose melodrama, haunted-house synthesizers, Sabbathian sludge and the phantom-like baritone of vocalist-bassist-beefcake brooder Peter Steele.
They are serious about it, too, and more than a little morose.
Rugose whitefly making landscapers morose.
Every Argentine knows that when you're depressed there is nothing like a well-played tango to make you even more morose.
Japan's politicians now stare morosely at this debt, while accepting slower economic growth on the order of 1.5% to 2%, similar to what the Federal Reserve predicts for the US, 1.7% to 1.8% growth.
Lengthy confinement and the isolating sensation of being out of eyeshot of Earth could unbalance astronauts' mental stability, psychologists say, making them morose and combative.
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