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[muh-rohs] /məˈroʊs/
gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
characterized by or expressing gloom.
Origin of morose
1555-65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, morosity
[muh-ros-i-tee] /məˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
supermorose, adjective
supermorosely, adverb
supermoroseness, noun
unmorose, adjective
unmorosely, adverb
unmoroseness, noun
1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.
1. cheerful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moroseness
Historical Examples
  • His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He would lose his moroseness and give his undivided attention to her.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • It did not amount to moroseness; he was preoccupied, and his mind abstracted.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • May wondered whether his reticence was due to modesty or to moroseness.

    A Venetian June

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

    A Venetian June

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

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was the intensity of his thoughts that kept him silent—not moroseness.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • If now I seem myself to fear it, it is not from moroseness, it is not from insensibility to its charm——'

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • Upon examination he proved to be reticent even to moroseness.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
British Dictionary definitions for moroseness


ill-tempered or gloomy
Derived Forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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Word Origin and History for moroseness

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



1530s "gloomy," from Latin morosus "morose, peevish, hypercritical, fastidious," from mos (genitive moris) "habit, custom" (see moral (adj.)). In English, manners by itself means "(good) manners," but here the implication in Latin is "(bad) manners." Related: Morosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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