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sober

(of colours) plain and dull or subdued
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They gathered followers from all that giddy tribe whose whole life is like the festal days of soberer men.
He had a great delight in destroying and ruining the youth of inferior fortune, by drawing them into expenses which they could not afford so well as himself; and the better, and worthier, and soberer any young man was, the greater pleasure and triumph had he in his destruction.
He gets so that he could not by any possibility live in a soberer atmosphere.
Georgy was always present at the play, but it was the Major who put Emmy's shawl on after the entertainment; and in the walks and excursions the young lad would be on ahead, and up a tower-stair or a tree, whilst the soberer couple were below, the Major smoking his cigar with great placidity and constancy, whilst Emmy sketched the site or the ruin.
I was then perfectly easy; and indeed the maid's behaviour spoke for itself, for a modester, quieter, soberer girl never came into anybody's family, and I found her so afterwards.
Closer, soberer, observers might see it as absolute political power equal to anything dreamt up by Richelieu in his Political Testament, locus dassicus for absolute power on the national scene.
Facts that pack more emotional punch than their soberer and logic-leaning counterparts, when strung together, can fundamentally alter the view of the conscientious observer.
However, in the interest of complying with a soberer and more detached perspective, it seems necessary to admonish this form of reasoning: caution should be advised when taking as a decisive interpretative clue the behavior of an animal--especially when the same animal is also notorious for hunting its own tail.