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[suh-puhl-kruh l] /səˈpʌl krəl/
of, pertaining to, or serving as a tomb.
of or pertaining to burial.
proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.
hollow and deep:
sepulchral tones.
1605-15; < Latin sepulcrālis. See sepulcher, -al1
Related forms
sepulchrally, adverb
transsepulchral, adjective
unsepulchral, adjective
unsepulchrally, adverb Unabridged
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  • The dark water appeared sepulchral and mute, becoming opaque and swollen with snowmelt.
  • Full of luminous color, they are sepulchral in tone.
  • Even in museums its installation tends to be hushed, sepulchral.
  • Even when his sepulchral drone isn't bending itself around a melody, its sound is musical.
  • He is covered by the heavens who has no sepulchral urn.
  • But the office sits sepulchral and empty, its occupant has long since been moved to a secret location.
  • The new game enhances the original's sepulchral beauty.
  • The otter is coming on with the fish, re- plied the ghost, in a sepulchral voice.
  • It spoils their sepulchral monuments,as the old heralds tore the armorial blazonry.
  • On right and left every rock seems to have been excavated, every cave improved, for sepulchral use.
British Dictionary definitions for sepulchral


suggestive of a tomb; gloomy
of or relating to a sepulchre
Derived Forms
sepulchrally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sepulchral

1610s, "pertaining to a burial or place of burial," from Latin sepulcralis "of a tomb, sepulchral," from sepulcrum (see sepulcher) + -al (1). Transferred sense of "gloomy" is from 1711. Related: Sepulchrally.

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