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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gloom, somberness, sombrenessnoun

    a state of partial or total darkness

    "he struck a match to dispel the gloom"

  2. gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombrenessnoun

    a feeling of melancholy apprehension

  3. gloom, gloominess, glumnessnoun

    an atmosphere of depression and melancholy

    "gloom pervaded the office"


  1. gloomnoun

    darkness, dimness or obscurity.

  2. gloomnoun

    a melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere

  3. gloomverb

    To be dark or gloomy.

  4. gloomverb

    to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GLOOMnoun

    Etymology: glomang, Saxon, twilight.

    Glowing embers through the room,
    Teach light to counterfeit a gloom. John Milton.

    This the seat,
    That we must change for heav’n? This mournful gloom,
    For that celestial light? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    The still night, not now, as ere men fell,
    Wholsome, and cool, and mild; but with black air
    Accompany’d; with damps, and dreadful gloom. John Milton.

    Now warm in love, now with’ring in thy bloom,
    Lost in a convent’s solitary gloom. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Gloomverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His glist’ring armour made
    A little glooming light much like a shade. Fairy Queen.

    Scarcely had Phœbus in the glooming East
    Yet harnessed his fiery footed team. Edmund Spenser.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gloomnoun

    partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight

  2. Gloomnoun

    a shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove

  3. Gloomnoun

    cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness

  4. Gloomnoun

    in gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven

  5. Gloomverb

    to shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer

  6. Gloomverb

    to become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight

  7. Gloomverb

    to render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken

  8. Gloomverb

    to fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gloom

    glōōm, n. partial darkness: cloudiness: heaviness of mind, sadness: hopelessness: sullenness.—v.i. to be sullen or dejected: to be cloudy or obscure.—v.t. to fill with gloom.—adv. Gloom′ily.—n. Gloom′iness.—p.adj. Gloom′ing (Shak.), shining obscurely.—n. twilight: gloaming.—adj. Gloom′y, dim or obscure: dimly lighted: sad, melancholy. [A.S. glóm, gloom; prov. Ger. glumm, gloomy.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gloom in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gloom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of gloom in a Sentence

  1. Fox News:

    Obama had a message of, imagine what could happen in the future we could have if I were president. This is him saying, there wont be a future if me or a Democrat is not president, that is interesting to me because in 2016, the Democrats, Hillary Clinton and her campaign made things about attacking Trump and the doom and gloom situation if Trump were to be elected and they didnt win. It seems like Joe Bidens announcement was doing the same thing.

  2. Arnold Bennett:

    The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else.

  3. Tim Persico:

    We are not afraid of these polling numbers, they are not gloom and doom ; they show a clear pathway to keeping White House. We have to be very clear about what the numbers say : We have incredible strengths. The Republicans have incredible weaknesses.

  4. Barry Schwartz:

    It's not the apocalypse, it's not doom and gloom, and if it's not doom and gloom you can come out of the bunker and the first thing you do is take a sigh of relief and then you want to make money.

  5. Maurice Maeterlinck:

    Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.

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  • Robert Doud
    Robert Doud
    gloom as a dark place, an area in the woods completely shaded over by trees and foliage
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(used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
  • A. irascible
  • B. lank
  • C. askant
  • D. naiant

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