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  • n  a state of partial or total darkness
  • n  a feeling of melancholy apprehension
  • n  a manner that is serious and solemn

  • In the President's office, amid the collection of empty chairs, Ike's aides, struck with the somberness that envelops decisions of moment, stood silent.
  • The formality seemed to reflect a widespread somberness as they cast their ballots in the final round of a five-month presidential campaign that had evolved into a painful .
  • A somberness of spirit that I was never to lose settled over me during the slow years of my mother's unrelieved suffering, a somberness that was to make me stand apart and look .
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  • Caliche stays unbeaten with win over Sedgwick County
    ILIFF — — The weather outside was appropriate for the somberness before Caliche's homecoming matchup against Sedgwick County on Friday night as the school debuted the Cole Rhodes Memorial restroom and concession stand before the game.
    Sept. 28, 2013 - Sterling Journal-Advocate

  • Timothy Dolan in DNAinfo
    The somberness of Holy Week is intensified for Catholics this year,Dolan said, according to NBC New York. "The recent tidal wave of headlines about abuse of minors by some few priests, this time in Ireland, Germany and a re-run of an old...
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto in The Daily Yomiuri
    That [somberness] was one of the themes of the original opera,Sakamoto tells The Daily Yomiuri a day ahead of the opening of the pair's most recent collaboration, LIFE -- fluid, invisible, inaudible ...

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