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Definitionserious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy
lacking brightness or color
- I remember it as a kind of half chaise-cart, half pianoforte-van, painted of a sombre colour, and drawn by a black horse with a long tail.Chapters 7-9 (88% in)
- It was a sombre evening, with a lurid light in the sky; and as I saw the prospect scowling in the distance, with here and there some larger object starting up into the sullen glare, I fancied it was no inapt companion to the memory of this fierce woman.Chapters 46-48 (4% in)
- She laid her hand on my arm, and hurried me on to one of the sombre streets, of which there are several in that part, where the houses were once fair dwellings in the occupation of single families, but have, and had, long degenerated into poor lodgings let off in rooms.Chapters 49-51 (38% in)
There are no more uses of "somber" in David Copperfield.
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