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GLOOM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gloom mean? 

GLOOM (noun)
  The noun GLOOM has 3 senses:

1. a state of partial or total darkness
2. a feeling of melancholy apprehension
3. an atmosphere of depression and melancholy

  Familiarity information: GLOOM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GLOOM (noun)


Sense 1gloom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of partial or total darkness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

sombreness; somberness; gloom

Context example:

he struck a match to dispel the gloom

Hypernyms ("gloom" is a kind of...):

semidarkness (partial darkness)


Sense 2gloom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of melancholy apprehension

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

gloom; gloominess; somberness; sombreness

Hypernyms ("gloom" is a kind of...):

apprehension; apprehensiveness; dread (fearful expectation or anticipation)

melancholy (a feeling of thoughtful sadness)


Sense 3gloom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An atmosphere of depression and melancholy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

gloominess; glumness; gloom

Context example:

gloom pervaded the office

Hypernyms ("gloom" is a kind of...):

ambiance; ambience; atmosphere (a particular environment or surrounding influence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gloom"):

cloud (a cause of worry or gloom or trouble)

bareness; bleakness; desolation; nakedness (a bleak and desolate atmosphere)


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