The current gloom is no more realistic than late 1990s euphoria and will fade with the turn of the business cycle.
To add to the gloom, several high-profile Ebola cases have occurred in health-care workers treating patients with the disease.
A fresh quandary has settled over inauguration festivities: How does one balance glee and gloom?
gloom descended again on Wednesday, this time because of credit worries in Europe, which is at least a real problem.
As the United States struggles through its worst economic crisis in generations, gloom has seized much of the heartland.
Then it was rain, wind, obscureness of gloom, and lightning.
It is a charming spot, even in the gloom of a wintry afternoon.
In your Preface you say, "What would it avail me in this gloom of solitude?"
This increased his astonishment, and did not lessen the gloom on his face.
It tells of the shortness of the day, and contains even in its clearness a promise of the gloom of night.
c.1300 as a verb, "to look sullen or displeased," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian dialectal glome "to stare somberly"). Not considered to be related to Old English glom "twilight," but perhaps to Middle Low German glum "turbid," Dutch gluren "to leer." The noun is 1590s in Scottish, "sullen look," from the verb. Sense of "darkness, obscurity" is first recorded 1629 in Milton's poetry; that of "melancholy" is 1744 (gloomy in this sense is attested from 1580s).