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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOROSENESS

His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.

Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.

He would lose his moroseness and give his undivided attention to her.

It did not amount to moroseness; he was preoccupied, and his mind abstracted.

May wondered whether his reticence was due to modesty or to moroseness.

Yes, May thought, it was moroseness; he was unhappy, and no wonder.

Dear young reader, do not imagine that we plead in favour of moroseness or gloom.

It was the intensity of his thoughts that kept him silent—not moroseness.

If now I seem myself to fear it, it is not from moroseness, it is not from insensibility to its charm——'

Upon examination he proved to be reticent even to moroseness.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, from morose + -ness. Earlier in the same sense was morosity (1530s), from Middle French morosité, from Latin morositas.

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