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sober

(of colours) plain and dull or subdued
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Twas a chilly night, an' faith, ut sobered Peg Barney.
Crazy ez a loon when he come aboard; but I'll say he's sobered up consid'ble sence.
It had been a saddening experience, but fortunate, for all that, inasmuch as nothing serious had come of it, except that he was greatly sobered.
We laid him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to relieve his pain.
But their host of the mighty girth - a man like a soda-water bottle, from my one glimpse of him on his feet - seemed sobered rather than stunned by the crack on that head of his.