Translation of somber in Spanish:

somber

Pronunciation: /ˈsɑːmbər; ˈsɒmbə(r)/
, (British English/inglés británico) sombre

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 (dark) [color/clothes] sombrío, oscuro y apagado, triste
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    • Neutral colours can look too bland and dark colours too sombre.
    • The paintings seem at first to be sombre in tone, coloured mostly by umbers and sepia-like hues.
    • Striped pants and jackets come in sombre or bold colours, and vertical striped sports shirts in uneven or even patterns.
    1.2 (melancholy) [mood/thought] sombrío; [music] lúgubre
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    • He wore a gray uniform with a long coat and heavy leather boots and his face wore a stern, somber expression.
    • You could have gone two ways with this thing and been very sombre and serious about this subject.
    • Sharma reported it all in a deep and somber voice, manly but sensitive.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.