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[muh-rohs] /məˈroʊs/
gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
characterized by or expressing gloom.
Origin of morose
1555-65; < Latin mōrōsus fretful, peevish, willful, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) will, inclination + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, morosity
[muh-ros-i-tee] /məˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
supermorose, adjective
supermorosely, adverb
supermoroseness, noun
unmorose, adjective
unmorosely, adverb
unmoroseness, noun
1. moody, sour, sulky, surly. See glum.
1. cheerful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moroseness
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  • moroseness is first a sign that we ourselves are miserable; and secondly it is the occasion of making others miserable too.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • It did not amount to moroseness; he was preoccupied, and his mind abstracted.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • Caroline, when she knew all, acknowledged that Miss Mann was rather to be admired for fortitude than blamed for moroseness.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • But though his temper was puritanic and inclined to moroseness, there was no sourness or cynicism in it.

  • Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Dear young reader, do not imagine that we plead in favour of moroseness or gloom.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • If now I seem myself to fear it, it is not from moroseness, it is not from insensibility to its charm——'

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • Mr. Gilsum's face suddenly changed from an aspect of moroseness to one of bewitching amiability.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • He was often the victim of mortification, sorrow and moroseness.

    Under Csars' Shadow Henry Francis Colby
British Dictionary definitions for moroseness


ill-tempered or gloomy
Derived Forms
morosely, adverb
moroseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mōrōsus peevish, capricious, from mōs custom, will, caprice
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Word Origin and History for moroseness

1660s, from morose + -ness. Earlier in the same sense was morosity (1530s), from Middle French morosité, from Latin morositas.



1530s "gloomy," from Latin morosus "morose, peevish, hypercritical, fastidious," from mos (genitive moris) "habit, custom" (see moral (adj.)). In English, manners by itself means "(good) manners," but here the implication in Latin is "(bad) manners." Related: Morosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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