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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sombreness a manner that is serious and solemn
    • n sombreness a feeling of melancholy apprehension
    • n sombreness 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 Sombreness The quality or state of being somber; gloominess.
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In literature:

"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
I remained at the casement, lost in rather sombre reflections.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Even his expression seemed to have become wholly Eastern, in its sombre, glittering intelligence, and in the patience of its craft.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Just at sunset there was a rush to shorten sail before the menace of a sombre hail cloud.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Hatchett took no offense, but the grimness of his long, sombre countenance remained unbroken.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
There is nothing more impressive than its sombre shadows and gloomy recesses.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Some threads in the fabric she has woven are like shining silver; others are sombre, broken, and stained with tears.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
It had no threatening sound, and the lightning did not seem like prophetic writing on the sombre clouds.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
City gates, sombre as their own antiquity, frame vistas of the laughing fields.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
During that bleak period, as Garry had guessed, Steve's thoughts were often of Barbara, but they were not sombre thoughts.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
So, in the sombre depths of his soul Steve Packard admitted freely.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Seeing his visitor, Langham stood for a moment in sombre astonishment.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nor did anything tend to relieve the sombre monotony.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
Sir Graham's eyes were full of sombre questioning as they met his.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Presently my eyes became accustomed to the sombre light, and I was enabled to trace the outlines of this singular tree-cavern.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Cuchillo growled like a dog newly muzzled, while Don Estevan preserved a sombre silence.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
In a few years, however, this sombre scene assumes a more cheerful aspect.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
I think that our lives have become tinged with sombreness and apprehension.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Over acres of foaming shoals the crimson light flickered and spread, painting the eastern cliffs with sombre fire.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
The separate peaks rise tumultuously, like the rip of seas in a tideway, without connection, solitary, sombre.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

Eve has gone and
Night follows,
Every bush is now a ghost;
Every tree looms
Lofty large and sombre;
All day's simple friendliness is lost.
"Nightfall" by John Freeman
Thus came she down the silent sky
Unto the Sea her faith to plight,
And the grave priest who wedded them
Was ancient, sombre-mantled Night.
"The Bridal" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
They glimmered on the sombre walls,
They danced upon the oaken floor,
Till through the loudly silent halls
Joy reigned majestical once more.
"The Log Fire" by Fay Inchfawn
The toil of life is never ending;
It passes from one stage to others;
We live beneath its sombre bending,
And ape the customs of our fathers.
"The Bravest Soul" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Dull clouds remained, of sombre hue,
And when their borrowed charm was o'er,
The azure sky had faded too,
That smiled so softly bright before.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
'Tis but the frost that clears the air,
And gives the sky that lovely blue;
They're smiling in a winter's sun,
Those evergreens of sombre hue.
"The Arbour" by Anne Bronte

In news:

They remained sombrely unarched as Alistair Darling delivered his pre-budget report on November 24th.
It was a sombre mood at the Mitt Romney rally in Boston, Massachusetts, as the GOP candidate failed in his bid to win the 2012 US presidential election.
Sombre Romney supporters react to loss.
Sombre backdrop as Lorenzo and Pedrosa battle it out.
Sombre gathering pays respects to Titanic victims.
La Sombre wins Santa Anita feature.
La Sombre defeated Lofty Ambition by 1½ lengths to win the $70,150 Aristotle Purse for fillies and mares Friday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, La Sombre ran 6½ furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.66 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.60 as the odds-on favorite.
On that October day, nothing was visible at first save yellow flowers, and sometimes a bee's quiet shadow crossing the petals: a sombre river, noiselessly sauntering seaward, far away dropped with a murmur, among leaves, into a pool.
Sombre backdrop as Lorenzo and Pedrosa battle it out.
Solarpraxis' UK PV Summit was a somewhat more sombre affair than the last UK PV conference I attended which was full of optimism (instead of a general sense of depression ).

In science:

The EROS-2 (Exp ´erience d e Recherche d’Objets Sombres) experiment is currently the survey that has monitored the largest sky area (∼ 106 deg2 in our Galaxy) during a period of ∼6.7 years.
R Coronae Borealis stars in the Galactic Bulge discovered by EROS-2