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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
doom and gloom/gloom and doom (=bad things that may happen in the future)
▪ The newspapers are always full of doom and gloom.
doom and gloom/gloom and doom (=bad things that may happen in the future)
▪ The newspapers are always full of doom and gloom.
▪ Barely three months ago, deep gloom prevailed in Tokyo.
▪ The planet had faded into a deep gloom.
▪ De Quincey reported that these endless processions produced in him feelings of deep melancholy and gloom.
▪ And Chancellor Norman Lamont was last night accused of sunning himself as the economy sinks into deeper gloom.
▪ Faced with economic doom and gloom, the average householder simply goes to the shops, according to a survey today.
▪ In a year of economic gloom for the car industry, it was a spectacular success.
▪ If you experience economic gloom, you should be able to find financial assistance because you are well placed astrologically in 1993.
▪ Rising to his feet, he touched the light switch, dispelling the gathering gloom, before striding through to his office.
▪ Back at the truck all was despondency in the gathering gloom.
▪ The prospects were pleasing even on this dismal day in the gathering gloom.
▪ As she approached, she could see three blue lights flashing in the gathering gloom.
▪ By four o'clock car sidelights were on, small-eyed in the gathering gloom.
▪ One who would speak your name and seeks to know the woman in you! Cast off the glooms.
▪ The fact of the funeral cast a gloom upon the day.
▪ The Conservative Party was cast in gloom.
▪ Rumours of his ill-health had cast gloom over the previous weeks, and his presence - on foot - brought great applause.
▪ Barclays deepened the gloom with first-half profits collapsing from last year's £378million to £51million.
▪ For a change in their routine, he and Barnabas crossed the street and walked past Mitford Blossoms in the deepening gloom.
▪ That thought merely deepened her gloom and she floated on the water, wishing that Ana would come back.
▪ Snooker Mountjoy deepens Thorne's gloom.
▪ In mounting dismay she peered into the gloom, the invidious nature of her position coming home to her with a vengeance.
▪ It was very easy to imagine eyes peering from the gloom, or strange beings creeping along the path behind them.
▪ Opening her eyes, she peered into the gloom.
▪ He strained his eyes peering into the gloom.
▪ He was peering into the gloom ahead.
▪ He couldn't read in the dim gloom of the warehouse.
▪ There was a sense of gloom in the city after the team's loss.
▪ A long-tailed, hawk-like bird emerged from the trees, dusky shape in the gloom.
▪ As my eyes accustomed to the gloom they began to make out details close by.
▪ Once, at lunch, Margarett complained about the gloom of her bedroom.
▪ She moved out of the sunlight that flooded in between the nettles and into the dank gloom of the main tunnel.
▪ The bumblebees are still foraging from the chokecherry blossoms in the gloom.
▪ The same sense of gloom and oppression.
▪ Then the pines closed ranks again, their tall red trunks glowing softly in the gloom of the afternoon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gloom \Gloom\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gloomed; p. pr. & vb. n. Glooming.]

  1. To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.

  2. To become dark or dim; to be or appear dismal, gloomy, or sad; to come to the evening twilight.

    The black gibbet glooms beside the way.

    [This weary day] . . . at last I see it gloom.


Gloom \Gloom\, v. t.

  1. To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken.

    A bow window . . . gloomed with limes.

    A black yew gloomed the stagnant air.

  2. To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen.

    Such a mood as that which lately gloomed Your fancy.

    What sorrows gloomed that parting day.


Gloom \Gloom\ (gl[=oo]m), n. [AS. gl[=o]m twilight, from the root of E. glow. See Glow, and cf. Glum, Gloam.]

  1. Partial or total darkness; thick shade; obscurity; as, the gloom of a forest, or of midnight.

  2. A shady, gloomy, or dark place or grove.

    Before a gloom of stubborn-shafted oaks.
    --Tennyson .

  3. Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness.

    A sullen gloom and furious disorder prevailed by fits.

  4. In gunpowder manufacture, the drying oven.

    Syn: Darkness; dimness; obscurity; heaviness; dullness; depression; melancholy; dejection; sadness. See Darkness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300 as a verb, "to look sullen or displeased," perhaps from Scandinavian (compare 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).


n. 1 darkness, dimness or obscurity. 2 A melancholy, depressing or despondent atmosphere. 3 Cloudiness or heaviness of mind; melancholy; aspect of sorrow; low spirits; dullness. 4 A drying oven used in gunpowder manufacture. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To be dark or gloomy. 2 (context intransitive English) to look or feel sad, sullen or despondent. 3 (context transitive English) To render gloomy or dark; to obscure; to darken. 4 (context transitive English) To fill with gloom; to make sad, dismal, or sullen. 5 To shine or appear obscurely or imperfectly; to glimmer.

  1. n. a state of partial or total darkness; "he struck a match to dispell the gloom" [syn: somberness, sombreness]

  2. a feeling of melancholy apprehension [syn: gloominess, somberness]

  3. an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office" [syn: gloominess, glumness]


Gloom is a low level of light which is so dim that there are physiological and psychological effects. Human vision at this level becomes monochrome and the place then seems dull and depressing.

Gloom (album)

Gloom is the debut album of Macabre, released in 1989. Several versions of this album exist. Some versions include the Grim Reality EP, other include a few live tracks and two songs from the Grim Reality EP.

Gloom (video game)

Gloom is a computer game for the Amiga computer.

Gloom was the first commercially released Amiga clone of first person shooter Doom.

A later version of the game, Gloom Deluxe, featured higher resolution graphic modes.

Gloom's authors were Mark Sibly (programmer) Kurt & Hans Butler (graphics) and additional Art work Laki Schuster, Kev Stanard (Music). The game was ranked the 18th best game of all time by Amiga Power.

The game was followed by Gloom 3.

Gloom (card game)

Gloom is a tabletop card game created by designer Keith Baker and published by Atlas Games in 2004. It won the Origins Award for Best Traditional Card Game in 2005. Four expansion packs have been created since the release of the original game called, Unhappy Homes, Unwelcome Guests, Unquiet Dead and Unfortunate Expeditions. Additionally, In August 2011, Cthulhu Gloom, which serves as either a standalone game or a fourth expansion pack, was released, and one Cthulhu expansion pack has been released, called Unpleasant Dreams.

Gloom (EP)

Gloom is the third EP by American death metal band Job for a Cowboy. It became available digitally and physically via mail-order only on June 7, 2011. The EP was limited to only 2,500 physical copies, and when asked why this was, vocalist Jonny Davy said "I feel like we're the type of band where so many people simply illegally download our records in the first place. So why not have the die hards have something to get excited about to get their hands on?"

Due to former guitarist Bobby Thompson and former bassist Brent Riggs' departure, Nick Schendzielos of Cephalic Carnage was brought in to record bass and Tony Sannicandro was brought in as guitarist, replacing all of Thompson's previous recordings on the EP.

Gloom (disambiguation)

Gloom is a melancholy, depressing darkness, shade or despondent atmosphere.

Gloom may also refer to:

  • Gloom (card game), a card game designed by Keith Baker and published by Atlas Games
  • Gloom (video game), a Doom clone for the Amiga computer
  • Gloom (Pokémon), a fictional species in the Pokémon franchise
  • Gloom (album), an album by Death Metal band Macabre
  • Gloom (comics), a fictional student character in the X-Men comics
  • Gloom (EP), an EP album by Death Metal band Job for a Cowboy
  • "Gloom", a song by Fireworks from their 2011 album Gospel

Usage examples of "gloom".

The clouds paled, turned rosy for a moment with the afterglow, then deepened into purple gloom.

His back felt so naked, so white in the gloom that he kept expecting to glance around and see the kid aiming with a smile at the cleft between his shoulder blades.

The guests at the Albergo Monte Gazza peered at one another over dinner through a gradually deepening gloom, enlivened by occasional lurches towards complete darkness.

Then his eyes began to adapt themselves to the gloom, and he distinguished a tall, bearded man, who sat upon an angareb, the native bedstead of the Soudan, and two others, who squatted beside him on the ground.

CHAPTER I MANHATTAN MENACE LIKE a crouched monster watching for its prey, the Argyle Museum squatted in its own gloom, surrounded by darkness that was itself a relic of departed years.

Slashing down the nearest marksman, he delivered a fierce, challenging laugh that rose to a mighty, shivering crescendo, waking what seemed to be the echoes of gathered years from the vast gloom surrounding the Argyle Museum!

Sharpe had made a brief excursion in the dusk and had returned with two clay bottles filled with arrack, and they drank the liquor in the gloom.

Then his vision cleared and he saw that the Asper snake was gone and the chamber had returned to its former gloom.

No one, however, but himself, was in these chambers, and, leaving open the doors, through which he passed, he came again to the great drawing-room, whose spaciousness and silent gloom somewhat awed him.

Men and women and young children, gaunt with hunger and begrimed with dirt, some with faces that were hard and stony, some with faces that were weak and simple, some with eyes that were red as blood, all weary with waiting and wasted with long pain, ran hither and thither in the gloom of the foul place where they were immured together.

At this hour while yet the heart burns with the anguish of sorrow, and the gloom of bereavement still hangs low, my thoughts turn in loving remembrance to my sincere beloved sisters and brothers in the Cause.

At 1830 a blinker message from Chikuma served further to deepen the gloom in Nagara.

A bright streak of energy shot out of the gloom and struck the blob head-on.

The Bosquet was a favourite retreat of his, with its shadows and silence and its moist green gloom.

The room was depressing, and all thoughts of a capable if bossy housekeeper vanished in the gloom.