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Definition of gloom noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] a feeling of being sad and without hope synonym depression The gloom deepened as the election results came in. He remained sunk in gloom for several days. An air of gloom and despondency settled over the household.
  2. 2[uncountable] (literary) almost total darkness We watched the boats come back in the gathering gloom. Caroline peered into the gloom of the hallway.
  3. Idioms
    doom and gloom, gloom and doom
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    a general feeling of having lost all hope, and of pessimism (= expecting things to go badly) Despite the obvious setbacks, it is not all doom and gloom for our team.
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