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funereal

[fyoo-neer-ee-uh l] /fyuˈnɪər i əl/
adjective
1.
of or suitable for a funeral.
2.
mournful; gloomy; dismal:
a funereal aloofness that was quite chilling.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Latin fūnere(us) of, belonging to a funeral + -al1
Related forms
funereally, adverb
unfunereal, adjective
unfunereally, adverb
Can be confused
funeral, funereal, funerary.
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Examples from the web for funereal
  • They are as familiar as the cortège of the undertaker, and wear the same air of slow, funereal barbarism.
  • The tombs held dazzling funereal treasures such as golden masks, coffins of silver, and elaborate sarcophagi.
British Dictionary definitions for funereal

funereal

/fjuːˈnɪərɪəl/
adjective
1.
suggestive of a funeral; gloomy or mournful Also funebrial (fjuːˈniːbrɪəl)
Derived Forms
funereally, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin fūnereus
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Word Origin and History for funereal
adj.

1725, from funeral by influence of Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus "of a funeral," from funus "funeral; death."

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