Syn. Sullen; gruff; severe; austere; gloomy; crabbed; crusty; churlish; surly; ill-humored.
(Mo*rose"ly) adv. Sourly; with sullen austerity.
(Mo*rose"ness), n. Sourness of temper; sulenness.
Learn good humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degrees of pride and moroseness.I. Watts.
Moroseness is not precisely peevishness or fretfulness, though often accompanied with it. It denotes
more of silence and severity, or ill-humor, than the irritability or irritation which characterizes peevishness.
(||Mo*ro"sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. mw`rwsis, fr. mw^ros silly, foolish.] (Med.) Idiocy; fatuity; stupidity.
(Mo*ros"i*ty) n. [L. morositas: cf. F. morosité.] Moroseness. [R.] Jer. Taylor.
(Mo"ro*soph) n. [Gr. mo^ros foolish + sofo`s wise.] A philosophical or learned fool. [Obs.]
(Mo*ro"sous) a. Morose. [Obs.] Sheldon.
(Mo*rox"ite) n. [Cf. Gr. a sort of pipe clay.] (Min.) A variety of apatite of a greenish blue
(Mo*rox"y*late) n. (Chem.) A morate.
(Mor`ox*yl"ic) a. [L. morus a mulberry tree + Gr. wood.] (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived
from, the mulberry; moric.
(Mor"phe*an) a. Of or relating to Morpheus, to dreams, or to sleep. Keats.
(Mor"pheus) (môr"fus or môr"fe*us), n. [L., fr. Gr. Morfey`s prop., the fashioner or molder,
because of the shapes he calls up before the sleeper, fr. morfh` form, shape.] (Class. Myth.) The god
(Mor"phew) n. [F. morpheé, LL. morphea; cf. It. morfea.] A scurfy eruption. [Obs.] Drayton.
(Mor"phew), v. t. To cover with a morphew. [Obs.]
(Mor"phi*a) n. [NL.] (Chem.) Morphine.
(Mor"phine) n. [From Morpheus: cf. F. morphine.] (Chem.) A bitter white crystalline alkaloid
found in opium, possessing strong narcotic properties, and much used as an anodyne; called also
morphia, and morphina.
(Mor"phin*ism) n. (Med.) A morbid condition produced by the excessive or prolonged use
(||Mor"pho) n. [NL., fr. Gr. an epithet of Venus.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of large,
handsome, tropical American butterflies, of the genus Morpho. They are noted for the very brilliant
metallic luster and bright colors (often blue) of the upper surface of the wings. The lower surface is usually
brown or gray, with eyelike spots.