somber religious leader


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“The reforming flame burned especially brightly in the bosom of John Calvin of Geneva. This somber and severe religious leader elaborated Martin Luther’s ideas in ways that profoundly affected the thought and character of generations of Americans yet unborn.”

From “The American Pageant” by Thomas A. Bailey

som•ber /ˈsɑmbɚ/ adj.

  1. dull in color or tone:a somber dress.
  1. downcast;
    glum:a somber mood.
  1. serious;
    grave:a somber expression on one's face.
somber - Dictionary of English

Does “somber” mean John Calvin was always serious (without entertainment or amusement) that he caused discomfort to people around him?
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