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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 9th August 2022
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louring or lowering (adjective) LOUR-ing



Frowning, scowling, gloomy, sullen, threatening (of weather).

Summer is obviously meant to be about romance, but I am a woman whose romances have, with a few notable exceptions, blossomed under louring skies, both actual and metaphorical.

Kathryn Flett, The Observer, 8 July 2007. The Observer

However, the equally rarefied Middle Temple Hall, with its stained-glass coats of arms, louring portraits, and suits of armour, is a very different venue from the Wigmore - atmospheric, certainly, but with a churchy acoustic in which detail can easily get lost.

Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 1 May 2007. Guardian

''This dance was the dance of death,'' she writes, describing the clowns' requiem for one of their dead. ''They danced it for the wretched of the earth, that they might witness their own wretchedness. They danced the dance of the outcasts for the outcasts who watched them, amid the louring trees, with a blizzard coming on.''

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 30 January 1985, New York Times
reviewing and quoting from Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus. Amazon




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