[ 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
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Examples from the Web for morosity

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

    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

British Dictionary definitions for morosity


/ (məˈrəʊs) /


ill-tempered or gloomy
Derived Formsmorosely, adverbmoroseness, noun

Word Origin for morose

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



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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