Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GLOOM

Its conditions are gloomier, and it consorts more easily with gloom.

It is a charming spot, even in the gloom of a wintry afternoon.

This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.

But at that moment an inspiration came to lighten the gloom.

Just a tiny little ray of sunshine had dispelled all the gloom for a minute.

The sunshine seemed to come with her into the counting house that was all gloom.

The gloom of the night was about him now, and the strange voices of the sea called one to the other.

There is nothing of novelty to them in this tacitly shared sense of gloom.

And quiet—quiet to gloom, did the inn, so noisy overnight, seem by morning.

Gloomy is my soul; and all Nature around me partakes of my gloom!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 as a verb, "to look sullen or displeased," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian dialectal glome "to stare somberly"). Not considered to be related to Old English glom "twilight," but perhaps to Middle Low German glum "turbid," Dutch gluren "to leer." The noun is 1590s in Scottish, "sullen look," from the verb. Sense of "darkness, obscurity" is first recorded 1629 in Milton's poetry; that of "melancholy" is 1744 (gloomy in this sense is attested from 1580s).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GLOOM

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.