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subfusc

Syllabification: sub·fusc
Pronunciation: /ˌsəbˈfəsk
 
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Definition of subfusc in English:

adjective

literary
Dull; gloomy: the light was subfusc and aqueous
More example sentences
  • But while Bill Alexander's new production has a fine, sombre, subfusc dignity, there were times when I guiltily hungered for a little more playful malevolence.
  • Houses hunched like weary giants, wrapped in subfusc cloaks of night.
  • One remembers how audibly and visibly subfusc was the almost apologetic chorus in their otherwise excellent opera, Don Carlo.

noun

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The formal clothing worn for examinations and formal occasions at some universities.
Example sentences
  • Well I guess I ought to get out of my subfusc, wipe the smudged makeup off my face and find some food.
  • Our readers should know he cut a fine figure in subfusc on his way to his viva.
  • One history finalist said, ‘We have to put up with University's traditions, wearing subfusc and the like, but they're not prepared to put up with ours.’

Origin

early 18th century: from Latin subfuscus, from sub- 'somewhat' + fuscus 'dark brown'.

Words that rhyme with subfusc

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