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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.
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.
In short, we should be richer and he soberer. Here is the yard; the arrangements are indescribable.
And he laments the passing of youth, when all people could afford to take to parties were wine that was so cheap and terrible it made you soberer.
sober ensober V 1651 1651 CAUSATIVE sober V 1797 - CAUSATIVE sobered Adj V 1820 - PROCESS soberer N sobering Adj sobering N unsober V soberize V 1707 - CAUSATIVE soberized Adj soberizing Adj V 1831 1831 PROCESS Base Attested Sem.cat.
He has played Jimmie Lee Jackson ("Selma"), Snoop Dogg ("Straight Outta Compton"), Miles Davis ("Miles Ahead") and, um, Chandler, in Jay-Z's "Friends"-style music video "Moonlight." In even his soberer parts, Stanfield has a disarmingly laid-back, unflappable presence, like his antennae is tuned to a different frequency than everyone else.
Some have regarded it as a "soberer self-evaluation", when comparing EU influence to that of traditional security actors like the US and NATO (Malksoo, 2016: 382).
Like Baxter's saint at rest, the pigeon is willingly played on by outside forces beyond control, at the service of a "magnetic feel" appointed to it so that it can carry messages it need not understand: "valentines and messages of / state; or soberer news." Nor can it understand its role as an instrument for the visually inclined gentlemen breeders to create elaborate pictures:
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.