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Definition of "gloom" []

  • Partial or total darkness; dimness: switched on a table lamp to banish the gloom of a winter afternoon. (noun)
  • A partially or totally dark place, area, or location. (noun)
  • An atmosphere of melancholy or depression: Gloom pervaded the office. (noun)
  • A state of melancholy or depression; despondency. (noun)
  • To be or become dark, shaded, or obscure. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gloom" in a sentence
  • "Likewise, he wants to stay away from what he calls the "gloom," saying it's almost too easy to tell the story of Detroit's decline through moving images."
  • "Who needs to soak themselves in gloom and cynicism and fighting?"
  • "The silence of gloom is merciful, shrouding one as with protection and breathing a thousand intangible sympathies; but the bright White Silence, clear and cold, under steely skies, is pitiless."