The handsomeness was marred by a somberness, a sternness of demeanor.
There was a suggestion of somberness in her eyes as she looked down at him.
This is reflected in the somberness of her stories and in the dread atmosphere of fate that hangs over her characters.
Nature had begun the work of somberness in his Highland heart.
Yet in his eyes, which formerly had sparkled with the wit of youth, there was more depth and a hint of somberness.
Slowly the fire began to dwindle and the shadows to encroach with a dominion of somberness over the room.
He was really glad to see her; to be drawn away by it all from the somberness of his thoughts.
Study the writer's humor and show how it serves to relieve the somberness of the book.
But when it was all over and the people filed out of the building, they seemed to leave some of their somberness there.
There was in them, and in the straight line of her black brows above them, a somberness and almost a menace.
1760 "gloomy, shadowy" (earlier sombrous, c.1730), from French sombre "dark, gloomy," from Old French sombre (14c.), from an adjective from Late Latin subumbrare "to shadow," from sub "under" (see sub-) + umbra "shade, shadow," perhaps from a suffixed form of PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage). Related: Somberly; somberness.