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dour
used in In Cold Blood

4 uses
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Definition
very serious, unhappy, and unfriendly
  • Together, Kenyon and Nancy had made a paint-splattered attempt to deprive the basement room of its un-removable dourness, and neither was aware of failure.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (50% in)
  • Slender, a pale young seafarer with an elongated face of slightly dour saintliness, he stood with an arm around the waist of the girl he had married and, in Mrs. Johnson's estimation, ought not to have, for they had nothing in common-the serious Jimmy and this teen-age San Diego fleet-follower whose glass beads reflected a now long-faded sun.
    3 — Answer (31% in)
  • The Corner Institutional dourness and cheerful domesticity coexist on the fourth floor of the Finney County Courthouse.
    4 — The Corner (0% in)
  • The lawyer's sally induced guffaws, a courtroom flare-up that Judge Tate's dour gaze soon extinguished.
    4 — The Corner (45% in)

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