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She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
  unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Synonym Comparison:  Perhaps stronger than "melancholy"
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  • She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
  • She gets morose when she thinks about her failed marriage.
  • He was an irritable, grumbling, heavyset man with a morose face and sad eyes, which seemed to peer ahead into a bleak and miserable future;
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • I’d been careful to avoid all forms of moroseness, moping included.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon

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  • There is nothing more appalling than a constantly morose child.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • On these occasions ... he abruptly cut off outside contacts and retired morosely into his shell.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • What reason have you to be morose?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • He was a gloomy, morose fellow, and he showed Curly plainly that all he desired was to be left alone
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • But I see I am becoming unduly introspective, and in a rather morose sort of way at that.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Though his eyes took note of many elements of the crowd through which he passed they did so morosely. He found trivial all that was meant to charm him and did not answer the glances which invited him to be bold. He knew that he would have to speak a great deal, to invent and to amuse and his brain and throat were too dry for such a task.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners

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  • All of her copycat friends were following suit, casting off their J. Crew tweeds for ripped jeans and black clothes, trying to look morose and morbid in their BMWs and Mercedes.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • she found the young man at the kitchen table, utterly morose.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent man
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Only old Benjamin was much the same as ever, except for being a little greyer about the muzzle, and, since Boxer’s death, more morose and taciturn than ever.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Quil jogged over to me, his head hanging down morosely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Hagrid was sitting alone in a corner, looking morose.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • She shook her head morosely.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • The clay of White Fang had been moulded until he became what he was, morose and lonely, unloving and ferocious, the enemy of all his kind.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He sat morosely with his elbows on his desk, cradling his chin in his hands.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Janaki said, morosely, she wished it could happen to her; a child each year was no fun.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He was a young man, lean, fair, and morose, with lanky hair and a shuffling gait.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • "Wait ’til you’ve been in the game twenty years, like me," he said morosely,
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • I stared morosely at a depressed-looking stuffed elk head while Charlie ate prime rib and talked over the back of the seat to Tyler Crowley’s parents.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He looked morose as he stood there.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • "I had him from an egg, yeh know," said Hagrid morosely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • On more than one occasion he has come home from the university to find her morose, in bed, rereading her parents’ letters.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • He looked morosely at her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Mario noticed that this conversation made Enrique morose.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Annabeth and Grover shook their heads morosely.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • He fell morosely silent.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • he shirked the austere and nearly morose stance of older singers and actually smiled when he sang—sometimes even at women.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "Oh I see " said Myrtle, picking at a spot on her chin in a morose sort of way.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • "I’m glad it’s over," Mom said, watching Jim stomp morosely up and down the steps.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • If, Melanie repeated morosely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He nodded morosely.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • "If I don’t seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you," I said, and after people laughed, I added...
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • More morose than mad, perhaps.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Quentin, the Southerner, the morose and delicate offspring of...
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Prchal looks morose.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • He knew that in her heart his aunt was on her knees to him, and he was morosely gratified by the consciousness of it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • the morose face buried deeply inside an army-issue parka.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He seemeth elvish* by his countenance,  *surly, morose
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • The third captive sat with a morose countenance.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Clary lay in the grass near the edge of Gard Hill and stared morosely down at Alicante.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He reflected, looking a trifle morose.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • McDermot was morose and...
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Jacob asked, his voice morose.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • "What a mess," Grover said.
    ...
    Grover surveyed the dining room. Morose, he examined his hands.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • And Al, morosely, Where ya think they get them big cars and stuff?
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Harry lay facedown on the stone-cold floor, listening to Myrtle gurgling morosely in the end toilet.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Associated words [difficulty]:   morose [2] , melancholy [1]
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