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somber adj
1 grave or even gloomy in character; "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood" [syn: sombre]
2 lacking brightness or color; dull; "drab faded curtains"; "sober Puritan gray"; "children in somber brown clothes" [syn: drab, sober, sombre]

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  1. Dark or dreary in character; joyless; grim.
  2. Dark, lacking color or brightness.



Dark or dreary in character; joyless; grim
Dark, lacking color or brightness

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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