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Synonyms for dour
dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ərdour

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  1. douradjective

    Unyielding and obstinate.

    stubborn, unyielding, obstinate

  2. douradjective

    Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy.

    gloomy, dejected, melancholic, sullen

  3. douradjective

    forbidding, stern, severe, harsh

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyieldingadjective

    stubbornly unyielding

    "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"

    saturnine, relentless, sullen, grim, long, sour, morose, haunting, retentive, dark, unyielding, moody, tenacious, recollective, coherent, lasting, pertinacious, dogged, glowering, forbidding, unrelenting, glum, persistent

    docile, good-natured, pleasant

  2. dour, forbidding, grimadjective

    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

    "a dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie

    down(p), dispirited, ominous, pertinacious, baleful, forbidding, sullen, dogged, dark, moody, disconsolate, threatening, glum, black, grisly, drear, minatory, low, unrelenting, down in the mouth, stern, blue, glowering, unappeasable, gruesome, sour, sinister, macabre, downhearted, grim, saturnine, tenacious, mordant, drab, downcast, menacing, unyielding, low-spirited, relentless, unforgiving, sick, gloomy, morose, ghastly, depressed, sorry, dingy, inexorable, dreary, dismal, persistent, minacious

    good-natured, pleasant, docile

  3. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullenadjective

    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"

    pertinacious, heavy, forbidding, glum, sullen, dogged, dark, moody, non-white, temperamental, threatening, coloured, disconsolate, dark-skinned, black, gloomy, drear, benighted, off, blue, glowering, obscure, sour, sinister, turned, grim, saturnine, tenacious, off-key, false, unyielding, sorry, drab, dingy, dreary, dismal, persistent, lowering, rancid, morose

    docile, pleasant, good-natured

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. douradjective

    hard, obstinate, sour

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  1. Dan Patrick:

    I think about the leftist agenda of this administration and the dour, life-is-bad, you-better-get-used-to-it personality of Biden.

Translations for dour

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  • عنيدArabic
  • намусен, суров, строг, мраченBulgarian
  • herbGerman
  • aǔstera, severaEsperanto
  • terco, rígido, obstinado, severo, melancólico, duro, inflexible, despiadado, rigorista, lúgubre, taciturno, riguroso, austeroSpanish
  • tylyFinnish
  • rigoriste, inflexible, dur, mélancolique, têtu, austère, entêté, rigide, taciturne, obstiné, sévère, rigoureux, morose, lugubreFrench
  • cupoItalian
  • onverbiddelijk, stuurs, afschrikwekkendDutch
  • srogi, ponuryPolish
  • строгий, мрачный, суровый, непреклонныйRussian

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