Drear

First meaning is gory and bloody and horrible!  Then on the word moved to “sad”, then melancholy and dull.  “Drear” is a poetic shortening.

  • 02.028 Not far ahead were dreary hills,
  • 03.001 and drear it looked,
  • 09.012 This is the dreariest
  • 10.003 Dreary as had been his imprisonment
  • 14.002 and drear even
  • 19.004 So sad and so dreary?

“dreary, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 27 July 2015.

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