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Noun: somberness  sóm-bur-nus
Usage: US (elsewhere: sombreness)
  1. A state of partial or total darkness
    "he struck a match to dispel the somberness";
    - gloom, sombreness [Brit, Cdn]
  2. A feeling of melancholy apprehension
    - gloom, gloominess, sombreness [Brit, Cdn]
  3. A manner that is serious and solemn
    - graveness, gravity, sobriety, soberness, sombreness [Brit, Cdn]

Type of: apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread, earnestness, melancholy, misgiving, semidarkness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity