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He found the district to the north to be a dreary waste, destitute of food and water.

There was the dreary monotone of crushed hope in Porter's voice as he spoke.

I have one dreary, cold room, as unlike this as two rooms can be.

All was deep, dreary darkness, but Siegfried had not learned fear.

The state or condition in which the wicked cease from struggling and the dreary are at rest.

She looked around the room: what an ugly, dreary little room it was!

There was need of encouragement on the threshold of the bridge, for the bridge was dreary.

There are no dreary sights; there are only dreary sightseers.

I woke early on the Sunday morning, and a most dreary morning it was.

He was now a solitary man, and the heart within him was dreary and lonesome.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English dreorig "sad, sorrowful," originally "cruel, bloody, blood-stained," from dreor "gore, blood," from (ge)dreosan (past participle droren) "fall, decline, fail," from West Germanic *dreuzas (cf. Old Norse dreyrigr "gory, bloody," and more remotely, German traurig "sad, sorrowful"), from PIE root *dhreu- "to fall, flow, drip, droop" (see drip (v.)).

The word has lost its original sense of "dripping blood." Sense of "dismal, gloomy" first recorded 1667 in "Paradise Lost," but Old English had a related verb drysmian "become gloomy."

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