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sober

(of colours) plain and dull or subdued
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He had been graver than usual of late, but very pleasant, and when jokingly accused of turning over a new leaf, he answered soberly, "So I am, and I mean this one shall stay turned.
This fact restored his equnimity; but he did n't crow over her, far from it; for he helped her with a paternal patience that made her eyes twinkle with suppressed fun, as he soberly explained and illustrated, unconsciously imitating Dominie Deane, till Polly found it difficult to keep from laughing in his face.
I wish, Eugene, you would speak a little more soberly and plainly, if it were only out of consideration for my feeling less at ease than you do.
Then soberly and plainly, Mortimer, I goad the schoolmaster to madness.
This second tedious captivity drew to an end in the course of time, and again a great crowd of sympathizing fellow students gave him a rousing reception as he came forth; but his delight in his freedom was so boundless that he could not proceed soberly and calmly, but must go hopping and skipping and jumping down the sleety street from sheer excess of joy.
Others soberly affirmed, that while they marvelled at the venerable grandeur of his aspect, the old man had faded from their eyes, melting slowly into the hues of twilight, till, where he stood, there was an empty space.
This done, they went soberly and sadly to work, to glean their scanty subsistence for the day.
It are welly pretty," Bruno more soberly remarked: and he began spelling out some words inscribed on it.
And so, with Toto trotting along soberly behind her, she started on her journey.
It is hoped that KP government will re-consider their decision and act wisely and soberly by distributing funds to all small and neglected religious seminaries that have no voice to raise and no forum to protest.
The government acted soberly when it shut down three television stations that were to broadcast Raila Odinga's oath-taking, the Somali community in Mombasa has said.
David Platt NOT content with tearing the joy out of Christmas by extending it to September, we're now expected to 'enjoy' the new year arriving soberly.