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dull

1. (of weather) not bright or clear; cloudy
2. (of colour) lacking brilliance or brightness; sombre
3. Med (of sound elicited by percussion, esp of the chest) not resonant
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The liberals had the best of it as to numbers, and possibly as to wit, the Moniteur possessing all the dullness of official dignity under all the dynasties and ministries that have governed France since its establishment.
Where the temperament is serene though the intellect be sluggish, an unconquerable dullness opposes every effort to instruct.
He went for a fortnight--a fortnight of such dullness to the Miss Bertrams as ought to have put them both on their guard, and made even Julia admit, in her jealousy of her sister, the absolute necessity of distrusting his attentions, and wishing him not to return; and a fortnight of sufficient leisure, in the intervals of shooting and sleeping, to have convinced the gentleman that he ought to keep longer away, had he been more in the habit of examining his own motives, and of reflecting to what the indulgence of his idle vanity was tending; but, thoughtless and selfish from prosperity and bad example, he would not look beyond the present moment.
On the Sunday evening--which was the evening before the marriage--the dullness, as a matter of course, reached its climax.
A moment before all was dullness, but a PAS further has placed us on the summit of the Furka; and exactly in front of us, at a HOPOW of only fifteen miles, this magnificent mountain lifts its snow-wreathed precipices into the deep blue sky.
Dullness is as much produced within doors as without, by rain.
I suppose it is the way with all men and women who reach middle age without the clear perception that life never can be thoroughly joyous: under the vague dullness of the grey hours, dissatisfaction seeks a definite object, and finds it in the privation of an untried good.
The duke had thrown himself, as he was wont to do in moments of dullness and vexation, on his bed.
United Kingdom-based Nigerian broadcaster, Omobolanle Oluwatoyin Famakinde, popularly called Iya Afin, has revealed that her love for broadcasting is innate as it is also a good means of indepth entertainment and communication, lifting people out of dullness and giving healing to the broken-hearted souls.
MULTAN -- The cotton market continued to be bogged down by dullness on Thursday as the news of rupee devaluation kept buyers on the sidelines.
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