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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

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareFrom 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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