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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n somberness a manner that is serious and solemn
    • n somberness a feeling of melancholy apprehension
    • n somberness a state of partial or total darkness "he struck a match to dispel the gloom"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Somberness The quality or state of being somber; gloominess.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n somberness Somber character, appearance, or state; darkness; gloominess.
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In literature:

Richard Brathwaite's "The English Gentleman" portrays the somber Puritan who accepts the gospel of work.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
All the somber wilderness world whispered for them to love and not to part at all.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
The whole somber incident is unrelieved by a single gleam of light.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
The country around, was then, as it is now, somber as a desert.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Mayneville, somber, but resolute, drew his sword, not knowing but what the house was to be attacked.
"The Forty-Five Guardsmen" by Alexandre Dumas
Then just watch your chance until the somber lady isn't looking, and continue with your original plan of leaving the house.
"No. 13 Washington Square" by Leroy Scott
But his brow was clammy and his heart was leaden when he had wrested that somber, mystic control from his will.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
The chair drew up at the somber quarters where the meeting had been set.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
His eyes were somber, his manner stiff and unnatural.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
There is also a Dead Sea, quite a somber body of water.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
I do not believe that the present somber prospect in Turkey will be long permitted to offend the sight of Christendom.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
It was monotonous, somber, and forbidding.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
Instead of looking forward with hope and happiness, he droops through a somber life and constantly broods upon what might have been.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Wrapped in his somber musings, Lon did not hear Flea approach him until she was at his elbow.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
Richard, the somber, who did not like noise, shrugged his shoulders.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He was a somber, silent, and rather unkempt figure, with the look of a dreaming lion on his face.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The advance of twilight made the wilderness all the more somber, and Henry's anxiety increased.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But Mayo gave a somber return to the raillery of her eyes.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The sapphire sun climbs slowly up the Heavens, coloring the atmosphere with a somber and almost melancholy hue.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
The combat with the pirates and their overthrow had been waged in the last hour before the gray night closed over a somber sea.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine

In poetry:

It turned somber,
It faded into darkness
Because of its own stupendous
"Night" by Marin Sorescu
"Be happy, dear heart, and wait!
For the past is a memory:
Tho' to-day seem somber as fate,
Who knows what to-morrow will be?"
"Anticipation" by Madison Julius Cawein
Tall, somber, grim, against the morning sky
They rise, scarce touched by melancholy airs,
Which stir the fadeless foliage dreamfully,
As if from realms of mystical despairs.
"Aspects Of The Pines" by Paul Hamilton Hayne
Tall, somber, grim, they stand with dusky gleams
Brightening to gold within the woodland's core,
Beneath the gracious noontide's tranquil beams, -
But the weird winds of morning sigh no more.
"Aspects Of The Pines" by Paul Hamilton Hayne
Thy soul was the ground,
Wit-enriched and sound,
Whence there sprang stout thoughts to make our country's harvest,
Whence our arts exist,
In their birth-hour kissed
By thy nature, somber, large, and strong.
"Bergen" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
So, belov√ęd, when skies are sad,
Love can render their somber golden;
A thought of thee, and the day is glad
As a rose in the dewey dawn unfolden;
And away, away, on passionate wings,
My heart like a bird at thy window sings!
"February" by Ina Donna Coolbrith

In news:

A long, hard day for the Ravens' star wide receiver ends with somber victory & two touchdown grabs.
The holiday seasons during the Civil War years were predictably somber.
At a tearful and somber prayer service, Archbishop Rembert G Weakland apologized tonight to Roman Catholics here.
One is the somber psychological thriller "Revanche" (reviewed on Page 7D ).
'Avengers' Alternate Opening Features a Smoldering, Somber New York City (Video).
Tisha B'Av at The Valley Temple, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, took on a less somber demeanor last year.
Cities somberly mark Sept 11.
It was a somber Labor Day for the City of Tompkinsville as they laid to rest one of their former police officers.
He stated in a very somber tone that "My religion defines who I am," and that he's a practicing Catholic.
It was a suspended, somber moment of silence Saturday night (May 7), after the last note of the emotionally draining Symphony No.
That's the somber message in "Into Eternity, " a classy documentary by Michael Madsen (not.
But the nation's 231st birthday took on a somber note as speakers invoked a painful chapter in the nation's history.
A somber sendoff for Yeosock.
Somber Romney supporters are 'disappointed'.
Mitt Romney supporters were somber and frustrated as they trickled out of the Boston Convention Center late Tuesday night.