- gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
- characterized by or expressing gloom.
Origin of morose
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Examples from the Web for moroseness
His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.White Fang
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
May wondered whether his reticence was due to modesty or to moroseness.A Venetian June
- ill-tempered or gloomy
Word Origin and History for moroseness
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.