Know Your Next Word : dour

21. dour :

adjective :

1. Unyielding : inflexible : obstinate

2. Marked by ill humor : gloomy : sullen

usage :

  • The captain's dour look depressed us all.

  • His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.

  • the proverbially dour New England Puritan

  • a dour determination

  • Father Greeley, who had been studying Church leaders for years, said it was the first time he had ever seen the dour Cardinal Jean Villot, head of the Vatican bureaucracy, laugh.

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