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Definition 1: showing a brooding ill humor - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dark scowl
  • the proverbially dour New England Puritan
  • a glum, hopeless shrug
  • he sat in moody silence
  • a morose and unsociable manner
  • a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius
  • a sour temper
  • a sullen crowd

Synonyms for dour in the sense of this definition

(dour is similar to ...) having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

Definition 2: stubbornly unyielding - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dogged persistence
  • dour determination
  • the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics
  • a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it
  • men tenacious of opinion

Synonyms for dour in the sense of this definition

(dour is similar to ...) tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

Definition 3: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dour or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dour, self-sacrificing life
  • a forbidding scowl
  • a grim man loving duty more than humanity
  • undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw

Synonyms for dour in the sense of this definition

(dour is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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