moroseness is first a sign that we ourselves are miserable; and secondly it is the occasion of making others miserable too.
His temper was of the saturnine complexion, and without the least taint of moroseness.
Caroline, when she knew all, acknowledged that Miss Mann was rather to be admired for fortitude than blamed for moroseness.
Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.
But though his temper was puritanic and inclined to moroseness, there was no sourness or cynicism in it.
It did not amount to moroseness; he was preoccupied, and his mind abstracted.
Dear young reader, do not imagine that we plead in favour of moroseness or gloom.
If now I seem myself to fear it, it is not from moroseness, it is not from insensibility to its charm——'
Mr. Gilsum's face suddenly changed from an aspect of moroseness to one of bewitching amiability.
He was often the victim of mortification, sorrow and moroseness.
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.