Definition of gloom in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɡluːm


[mass noun]
1Partial or total darkness: he strained his eyes peering into the gloom
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  • The candles had burnt away to waxy stumps and the battery in one of the lamps had died through the night leaving her side sunk into darkness and gloom.
  • I was working by the sunlight while the rest of the room was enshrouded in darkness and gloom.
  • Something about the gloom and the darkness appealed to me, probably the same reason I loved horror movies.
1.1 [count noun] literary A dark or shady place: the meadow-hen floats off, to sink into remoter shades and ferny glooms
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  • Blacks, whites, shadows, glooms, and cobwebs are also used with formidable effect in the Satis House scenes in Great Expectations.
  • He rode in a gloom full of sighing like voices and full of dropping like footsteps.
  • His ingenious lighting did much to make the most of the subtle settings, some of which poured strange light into Stygian glooms.
2A state of depression or despondency: a year of economic gloom for the car industry his gloom deepened
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  • The first of these seems to have caused a sense of gloom, despondency and weary hopelessness to descend on the author as he sat down to put his book together.
  • Though a settler-farmer not dependent entirely on farm income for a living, even I am not able to escape this feeling of gloom and depression.
  • This is not someone who views the way ahead with gloom and despondency.


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1 literary Have a dark or sombre appearance: the black gibbet glooms beside the way
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  • Lucia looked outside and saw grey smoldered clouds glooming over her house, the redness of dawn shined behind its gloomy mask.
  • Pretty soon, she was deep into her daydreams and didn't realize the peeved teacher glooming over her desk.
  • He got to the end and stopped; a deadly silence gloomed.
1.1 [with object] Make dark or dismal: a black yew gloom’d the stagnant air
2Be or look depressed or despondent: Charles was always glooming about money
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  • Of course they have every right to celebrate, after glooming for so long and not knowing what's going to happen, this serves as their first big break.
  • Light and dark, the sun and the moon - don't let these dualities lead you to gloom.
  • But sometimes, even how happy your day was there would come an instance where the sun would hide and we feel gloomed.


late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin.


gloom and doom

see doom.

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