Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.
Some statistics–disproportionate rates of school suspension, incarceration, and absentee dads–are gloomy.
That in turn leaves one with the gloomy thought that if Silvio Berlusconi did not exist it would be necessary to invent him.
She saunters down the castle steps and stares out at a gloomy assemblage of soldiers.
And of course there is the gene, that hard-wired Calvinist gateway to gloomy fate.
The wintry weather continued, and it was as gloomy outside as in.
Her brother's face, gloomy behind the iron screen, tickled her fancy.
Sonia felt that his gloomy creed had become his faith and code.
The scenery before the gorge of the river is reached is gloomy, but grand.
"With Italy and with you," said Mr. Goodwood with gloomy plainness and no appearance of trying to make an epigram.
1580s, probably from gloom even though that word is not attested as early as this one is. Shakespeare used it of woods, Marlowe of persons. Gloomy Gus used in a general sense of "sullen person" since 1940s, from a comic strip character of that name first recorded 1904. Related: Gloomily; gloominess.