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[lak-ruh-mohs] /ˈlæk rəˌmoʊs/
suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
given to shedding tears readily; tearful.
Origin of lachrymose
1655-65; < Latin lacrimōsus, equivalent to lacrim(a) tear (see lachrymal) + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
lachrymosely, adverb
[lak-ruh-mos-i-tee] /ˌlæk rəˈmɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lachrymose
  • Often reserved, even stony, the mayor is not given to lachrymose displays of feeling.
  • Eventually, the whole gang is reunited in a shamelessly lachrymose musical finale.
  • The first half of the film plays for laughs, while the second half evolves into a lachrymose soap opera.
  • The poignant work was neither glibly optimistic nor self-indulgently lachrymose.
  • It's not that this lachrymose violin throb of a scene is historically inaccurate that makes it so objectionable.
  • You've made him too giddy or too moody, too lachrymose or too pretentious.
  • Even the ruminative middle movement shows a wistful rather than lachrymose quality.
  • It should be pointed out that the proceedings are not lachrymose.
  • Even the lachrymose incidents are so adroitly acted that they have more than a veneer of truth.
  • His acting, even in the would-be lachrymose scenes is not without merit.
British Dictionary definitions for lachrymose


/ˈlækrɪˌməʊs; -ˌməʊz/
given to weeping; tearful
mournful; sad
Derived Forms
lachrymosely, adverb
lachrymosity (ˌlækrɪˈmɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lacrimōsus, from lacrima a tear
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Word Origin and History for lachrymose

1660s, "tear-like," from Latin lacrimosus "tearful, sorrowful, weeping," also "causing tears, lamentable," from lacrima "tear," a dialect-altered borrowing of Greek dakryma "tear," from dakryein "to shed tears," from dakry "tear," from PIE *dakru-/*draku- (see tear (n.)). Meaning "given to tears, tearful" is first attested 1727; meaning "of a mournful character" is from 1822. The -d- to -l- alteration in Latin is the so-called "Sabine -L-," cf. Latin olere "smell," from root of odor, and Ulixes, the Latin form of Greek Odysseus. The Medieval Latin practice of writing -ch- for -c- before Latin -r- also altered anchor, pulchritude, sepulchre. The -y- is pedantic, from belief in a Greek origin. Middle English had lacrymable "tearful" (mid-15c.).

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