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  1. somberadjective

    Synonyms:
    unhappy, sad, melancholy

  2. somberadjective

    Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

    Synonyms:
    unhappy, sad, melancholy

  3. somberadjective

    Dark, lacking color or brightness.

    Synonyms:
    unhappy, melancholy, sad

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. somber

    Strictly, that which is black is absolutely destitute of color; that which is dark is absolutely destitute of light. In common speech, however, a coat is black, tho not optically colorless; the night is dark, tho the stars shine. That is obscure, shadowy, or shady from which the light is more or less cut off. Dusky is applied to objects which appear as if viewed in fading light; the word is often used, as are swart and swarthy, of the human skin when quite dark, or even verging toward black. Dim refers to imperfection of outline, from distance, darkness, mist, etc., or from some defect of vision. Opaque objects, as smoked glass, are impervious to light. Murky is said of that which is at once dark, obscure, and gloomy; as, a murky den; a murky sky. Figuratively, dark is emblematic of sadness, agreeing with somber, dismal, gloomy, also of moral evil; as, a dark deed. Of intellectual matters, dark is now rarely used in the old sense of a dark saying, etc. See MYSTERIOUS; OBSCURE.

    Compare synonyms for LIGHT.

    Synonyms:
    black, dark, dim, dismal, dusky, gloomy, murky, mysterious, obscure, opaque, sable, shadowy, shady, swart, swarthy

    Antonyms:
    bright, brilliant, clear, crystalline, dazzling, gleaming, glowing, illumined, light, lucid, luminous, radiant, shining, transparent, white

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drab, sober, somber, sombreadjective

    lacking brightness or color; dull

    "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan grey"; "children in somber brown clothes"

    Synonyms:
    sober, serious, melancholy, dingy, drear, grim, gloomy, dismal, blue, dark, grave, drab, olive-drab, sedate, disconsolate, dreary, unplayful, solemn, sorry, sombre

    Antonyms:
    colorful, cheerful, colourful

  2. somber, sombre, melancholyadjective

    grave or even gloomy in character

    "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"

    Synonyms:
    sombre, drab, melancholy, melancholic, sober

    Antonyms:
    cheerful, colourful, colorful

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "somber":

    bleak, gloomy, grim, dismal, dark, sombre

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How to use somber in a sentence?

  1. Pedro Abad:

    People are in a somber mood. I could see some officers with tears in their eyes. It is an emotional day for all of us. Like I said, we are a family and we're all hurt by this, it's tragic for people to lose their lives at such an early age, whatever the reason.

  2. Wolf Blitzer:

    As president of the United States you have to look at these issues in a more somber and sober way.

  3. Ken Monaghan:

    The tone of the conference was relatively constructive but still a bit somber because clearly the market had gone through period of stress last year.

  4. Jerry Bostick:

    It was a can-do attitude, we were very sober and somber in what we were doing. We took it very seriously. We worked very hard. But at the same time it was fun, we really didn't think of it as a job, even though we were working twelve hours a day at least, six days a week. We didn't understand the magnitude of what we were doing, the gee-whiz aspects.

  5. Jerrie Wu:

    We are too somber to celebrate the holiday.


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