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morose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj morose showing a brooding ill humor "a dark scowl","the proverbially dour New England Puritan","a glum, hopeless shrug","he sat in moody silence","a morose and unsociable manner","a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven","a sour temper","a sullen crowd"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Morose Lascivious; brooding over evil thoughts.
    • Morose Of a sour temper; sullen and austere; ill-humored; severe. "A morose and affected taciturnity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • morose Fastidious; scrupulous.
    • morose Of a sour temper; severe; sullen and austere.
    • morose Synonyms Gloomy. Sulky, etc. (see sullen), gruff, crabbed, crusty, churlish, surly, ill-humored, ill-natured, cross-grained.
    • morose Lingering; persistent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Morose mō-rōs′ of a sour temper: gloomy: severe
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. morosus, prop., excessively addicted to any particular way or habit, fr. mos, moris, manner, habit, way of life: cf. F. morose,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. morosus, peevish—mos, moris, manner.

Usage

In literature:

But the evidence of those who knew him best point to his having been phlegmatic rather than morose.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Edmund Gosse
Frank and Percy, morosely devouring bread and jam, said they supposed they would have to wait.
"A Man of Means" by P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
And, as always happened when he became more difficult and morose, she became more childish.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Mike had shrunken into his allenveloping coat with pathetic moroseness.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
Without them, they are gloomy, morose, unfeeling, and unsociable.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
And this secret worry rendered him morose.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
And this secret worry rendered him morose.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Cardinal Richelieu had many a kitten, too; and morose and ill-tempered as he was, found in them much amusement.
"Concerning Cats" by Helen M. Winslow
And underneath, mountains black brown; then Fontarabia in a morose silhouette, its old belfry appearing blacker and more worn by the years.
"Ramuntcho" by Pierre Loti
I am no bitter and morose ascetic.
"Leila, Complete The Siege of Granada" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Morbid and morose philosophy, begot by a proud spirit on a lonely heart!
"Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Sullenly extracting money from his pocket, he paid off his driver, and in company with Stryker, trudged in morose silence down the street.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
Many of my timid and morose ways had been dropped meantime.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
He was quiet; but morose, and refused to leave his kennel.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
Mankind would become too serious and morose and cynical, and life would be a burden.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 33, November 12, 1870" by Various
At last Wykham Delandre settled down to a morose, vengeful acceptance of the situation.
"Dracula's Guest" by Bram Stoker
Viewing himself thus, morosely, as rejected of men, he reached the compound gate to fare no better with the woman.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
At night he returned to find his wife silent and morose, and for nine days they scarcely spoke.
"The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;" by John R. Musick
O'PICTON sat morose at the corner seat below the Gangway.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, July 19, 1890" by Various
This my way of Life I know would subject me to the Imputation of a morose, covetous and singular Fellow.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
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In poetry:

We had another. Then we sat
Awhile, morose and mute;
Then drifted into friendly chat
About our late dispute.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
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
"From that day forth he never smiled; morose and silent grown,
He wandered unfrequented ways, a moody man and lone.
The schoolboy shuddered in the wood, when he old Richard passed,
And hurried on, while fearful looks he o'er his shoulder cast.
"The Sinless Child Part 4" by Elizabeth Oakes Smith

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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