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Synonyms for dour
dʊər, daʊər, ˈdaʊ ər

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  1. dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding(adj)

    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, grim(adj)

    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, sullen(adj)

    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


  1. dour(adjective)

    Unyielding and obstinate.

    stubborn, unyielding, obstinate

  2. dour(adjective)

    Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy.

    gloomy, dejected, melancholic, sullen

  3. dour(adjective)

    forbidding, stern, severe, harsh

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  • عنيدArabic
  • намусен, строг, суров, мраченBulgarian
  • herbGerman
  • severa, aǔsteraEsperanto
  • austero, riguroso, taciturno, rigorista, inflexible, severo, obstinado, rígido, terco, melancólico, duro, despiadado, lúgubreSpanish
  • tylyFinnish
  • austère, rigoureux, lugubre, morose, sévère, obstiné, taciturne, rigide, entêté, têtu, mélancolique, dur, rigoriste, inflexibleFrench
  • cupoItalian
  • stuurs, afschrikwekkend, onverbiddelijkDutch
  • srogi, ponuryPolish
  • мрачный, строгий, непреклонный, суровыйRussian

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