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The meaning and origin of the expression: A countenance more in sorrow than in anger

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A countenance more in sorrow than in anger

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Meaning

Literal meaning - a person or thing that is viewed more with sadness than with anger.

Origin

From Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1602. Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father's ghost:

Hamlet: What, look'd he frowningly?
Horatio: A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.

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