adjective, so·ber·er, so·ber·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of sober
Synonyms for sober
Antonyms for sober
Related Words for sobernesscontrol, stoicism, self-denial, measure, mortification, dryness, abstemiousness, continence, discretion, self-control, frugality, sobriety, restraint, sacrifice, prudence, prohibition, moderation, austerity, teetotalism, constraint
Examples from the Web for soberness
Historical Examples of soberness
In all soberness, then, all I am certain of is that she had a stick to swing.Some Reminiscences
Our appearance, the soberness of our gait made us conspicuous.The Arrow of Gold
After awhile, the unhappiness disappeared, but the soberness remained.Divinity
But soberness and vigilance are necessary to enable one to pray.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
But it will be found that I have spoken the words of truth and soberness.Opening Ceremonies of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1883
William C. Kingsley
Word Origin for sober
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.