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Synonyms for dour

Adjective

1. dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding, stubborn (vs. docile), obstinate, unregenerate
usage: stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"
2. dour, forbidding, grim, unpleasant (vs. pleasant)
usage: harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; "a dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie
3. dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen, ill-natured (vs. good-natured)
usage: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd"
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