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English definition of “gloom”

gloom

noun [U] (DARKNESS)    /ɡluːm/
a situation in which it is nearly dark and difficult to see well: She peered into the gloom, but she couldn't see where the noise was coming from. A figure emerged from the gloom of the corridor.Darkness and becoming dark
(Definition of gloom noun (DARKNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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