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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dour  \Dour\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  dur,  L.  durus.] 
  Hard;  inflexible;  obstinate;  sour  in  aspect;  hardy;  bold. 
  [Scot.] 
 
  A  dour  wife,  a  sour  old  carlin.  --C.  Reade. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dour 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {bulldog},  {dogged},  {pertinacious}, 
  {tenacious},  {unyielding}] 
  2:  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  [syn: 
  {forbidding},  {grim}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {dark},  {glowering},  {glum},  {moody},  {morose}, 
  {saturnine},  {sour},  {sullen}] 




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