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morose

[muh-rohs]
adjective
  1. gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
  2. characterized by or expressing gloom.
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Origin of morose

1555–65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsmo·rose·ly, adverbmo·rose·ness, mo·ros·i·ty [muh-ros-i-tee] /məˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounsu·per·mo·rose, adjectivesu·per·mo·rose·ly, adverbsu·per·mo·rose·ness, nounun·mo·rose, adjectiveun·mo·rose·ly, adverbun·mo·rose·ness, noun

Synonyms

1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.

Antonyms

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Examples from the Web for morosity

Historical Examples

  • There was a touch of morosity about the late Rector of Lincoln which led him to take gloomy views of men, particularly Oxford men.

    Obiter Dicta

    Augustine Birrell

  • Algy's morosity has returned tenfold, and he is performing the evolution familiarly known as "pulling your nose to vex your face."

    Nancy

    Rhoda Broughton

  • Let no one be affrighted or turned away from the life of virtue and religion by your gloom and morosity.

    Santa Teresa

    Alexander Whyte

  • It is his turn now, and his morosity is exchanged for an equally uncomfortable hilarity.

    Nancy

    Rhoda Broughton


British Dictionary definitions for morosity

morose

adjective
  1. ill-tempered or gloomy
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Derived Formsmorosely, adverbmoroseness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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Word Origin and History for morosity

morose

adj.

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.

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