Definitions of sullenness

  1. a gloomy ill-tempered feeling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a sullen moody resentful disposition Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A gloomy angry silence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for sullenness

  1. There is something of disgust at the ruthless hypocrisy of her sisters, and some little faulty admixture of pride and sullenness in Cordelia's 'Nothing; ' and her tone is well contrived, indeed, to lessen the glaring absurdity of Lear's conduct, but answers the yet more important purpose of forcing away the attention from the nursery- tale, the moment it has served its end, that of supplying the canvass for the picture. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  2. Lady O'Gara's attention was otherwise absorbed so that she did not notice the sudden delighted friendliness in Terry towards Stella nor the quick withdrawal into sullenness which spoilt Eileen's looks for the luncheon- hour. – Love of Brothers by Katharine Tynan