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Etymology edit

From Middle English drerinesse, drerynesse, from Old English drēoriġnys (dreariness, sadness), equivalent to dreary +‎ -ness.

Noun edit

dreariness (countable and uncountable, plural drearinesses)

  1. The characteristic of being dreary.
    • 1829, Edgar Allan Poe, “Tamerlane”, in Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems:
      What tho’ the moon—the white moon
      Shed all the splendour of her noon,
      Her smile is chilly—and her beam,
      In that time of dreariness, will seem
      (So like you gather in your breath)
      A portrait taken after death.

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