Moroseness Mo*rose"ness, n. Sourness of temper; sulenness. [1913 Webster]

Learn good humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degrees of pride and moroseness. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

Note: Moroseness is not precisely peevishness or fretfulness, though often accompanied with it. It denotes more of silence and severity, or ill-humor, than the irritability or irritation which characterizes peevishness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • moroseness — (n.) 1660s, from MOROSE (Cf. morose) + NESS (Cf. ness). Earlier in the same sense was morosity (1530s), from M.Fr. morosité, from L. morositas …   Etymology dictionary

  • moroseness — noun Gloominess; sullenness; deep sadness. He acquired a slouching gait and ignoble look; his naturally reserved disposition was exaggerated into an almost idiotic excess of unsociable moroseness; and he took a grim pleasure, apparently, in… …   Wiktionary

  • moroseness — morose ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sullen and ill tempered. DERIVATIVES morosely adverb moroseness noun. ORIGIN Latin morosus peevish …   English terms dictionary

  • moroseness — noun see morose …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moroseness — See morosely. * * * …   Universalium

  • moroseness — mo rose·ness || mÉ™ rəʊsnɪs n. sullenness; gloominess; irritability …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moroseness — n. Crabbedness, sullenness, moodiness, churlishness, sourness, sulkiness, sulks, spleen, ill temper …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • moroseness — n sullenness, saturnineness, saturnity, morosity, somberness, soberness, austerity, severity, acerbity, taciturnity, silence; glumness, gloominess, grumness, grimness, bleakness, darkness, black looks; lugubriousness, atrabiliousness, morbidity,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • moroseness — mo·rose·ness …   English syllables

  • moroseness — noun 1. a gloomy ill tempered feeling • Syn: ↑glumness, ↑sullenness • Derivationally related forms: ↑sullen (for: ↑sullenness), ↑glum (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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