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morose

adjective

Definition: gloomy or having a generally downcast personality

Synonyms: gloomy, sullen, depressed, melancholy, moody, sulky

Antonyms: cheerful, upbeat

Tips: Morose can refer to a specific gloomy mood, but it more often refers to someone who is unhappy and sullen in general. Morose is related to sullen. When you refuse to speak to or acknowledge someone because you are irritated or in a bad mood, you're being sullen. Morose refers more to being withdrawn, depressed, bitter and gloomy. For a memory trick, note how morose sounds like "more rose" or "no rose." Now, think of providing someone with "more roses" to cheer them up if they are morose. Or consider that someone who is morose may have received "no roses" in his or her life and that is why they are morose.

Usage Examples:

A quiet, morose man, he was never close to anyone. (sullen, depressed)

She could tell by his morose expression that he was unwilling to speak with her. (sulky, moody)

She always seems so sad and morose. (depressed, moody)

His morose attitude toward life did not make him popular with his peers. (sullen, melancholy)


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