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Apr 22, 2015
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
stolid
ascetic
dour
intractable
lissom


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dour

PRONUNCIATION:
(rhymes with tour; DOU-uhr)

MEANING:
adjective: Sullen; severe; gloomy; stubborn.

ETYMOLOGY:
Probably from Latin durus (hard). Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“Though Herman Van Rompuy is characterised as ascetic, even dour, by nature, allies point to his penchant for crafting haiku, the seventeen-syllable Japanese poems, as evidence of a lighter side.”
Stanley Pignal; Lesser Light Respected as Skilled Mediator; Financial Times (London, UK); Nov 7, 2009.

See more usage examples of dour in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man. -Madame de Stael, writer (22 Apr 1766-1817)

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