No doubt he recognized that, if the admiral made a fool of himself, he would be afraid to issue warrants in soberness.
In all soberness, then, all I am certain of is that she had a stick to swing.
I knew I was too inconsiderate, too rash, too flighty, and I said to myself that his soberness would be a good thing for me.
After awhile, the unhappiness disappeared, but the soberness remained.
His little boyhood had been heavy with sorrow and soberness; she had lightened it by her gaiety and good nature.
But soberness and vigilance are necessary to enable one to pray.
He was dressed like everybody, but his costume had, somehow, an effect of soberness beyond his years.
He cites them as models of soberness, mildness, and justice.
soberness had now visited the pair behind us; even Lin's lively talk had quieted, and his tones were low and few.
Yet she sensed in his soberness something fine that did not mark the rest.
mid-14c., "moderate in desires or actions, temperate, restrained," especially "abstaining from strong drink," also "calm, quiet, not overcome by emotion," from Old French sobre "decent; sober" (12c.), from Latin sobrius "not drunk, temperate, moderate, sensible," from a variant of se- "without" (see se-) + ebrius "drunk," of unknown origin. Meaning "not drunk at the moment" is from late 14c.; also "appropriately solemn, serious, not giddy." Related: Soberly; soberness. Sobersides "sedate, serious-minded person" is recorded from 1705.
late 14c., "reduce to a quiet condition" (transitive), from sober (adj.). Meaning "render grave or serious" is from 1726. Intransitive sense of "become sober" (since late 19c. often with up) is from 1820. Related: Sobered; sobering.