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Sul"len (?), a. [OE. solein, solain, lonely, sullen; through Old French fr. (assumed) LL. solanus solitary, fr. L. solus alone. See Sole, a.] 1. Lonely; solitary; desolate. [Obs.] Wyclif (Job iii. 14).
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2. Gloomy; dismal; foreboding. Milton.
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Solemn hymns so sullen dirges change. Shak.
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3. Mischievous; malignant; unpropitious.
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Such sullen planets at my birth did shine. Dryden.
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4. Gloomily angry and silent; cross; sour; affected with ill humor; morose.
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And sullen I forsook the imperfect feast. Prior.
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5. Obstinate; intractable.
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Things are as sullen as we are. Tillotson.
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6. Heavy; dull; sluggish.The larger stream was placid, and even sullen, in its course.” Sir W. Scott.
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Syn. -- Sulky; sour; cross; ill-natured; morose; peevish; fretful; ill-humored; petulant; gloomy; malign; intractable. -- Sullen, Sulky. Both sullen and sulky show themselves in the demeanor. Sullenness seems to be an habitual sulkiness, and sulkiness a temporary sullenness. The former may be an innate disposition; the latter, a disposition occasioned by recent injury. Thus we are in a sullen mood, and in a sulky fit.
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No cheerful breeze this sullen region knows;
The dreaded east is all the wind that blows.
Pope.
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-- Sul"len*ly, adv. -- Sul"len*ness, n.
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Sul"len, n. 1. One who is solitary, or lives alone; a hermit. [Obs.] Piers Plowman.
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2. pl. Sullen feelings or manners; sulks; moroseness; as, to have the sullens. [Obs.] Shak.
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Sul"len, v. t. To make sullen or sluggish. [Obs.]
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Sullens the whole body with . . . laziness. Feltham.
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