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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
Historical Examples
  • The gills are notched, rather distant, pallid, then cinnamon; lachrymose.

  • Then it had cried out once, and so remained ever lachrymose and in agony.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • I am as limp, lachrymose, and lamentable, a young woman as you would find between the three seas.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • The too lachrymose Madonna in terra-cotta, 256, already ushers in the decadence.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • He is the only one who has attempted the lachrymose, the sentimental novel.

  • But women must beware of sham emotion and lachrymose sentimentality.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Nor did any lachrymose letter in the Times predict a speedy downfall of the Empire140 for this apathy of its local guardians.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • For Servius, who is timid and lachrymose, everything has gone astray.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • And now Luisa also was vexed, and went to fetch Maria, whom she presently brought back in a lachrymose but mute state.

    The Patriot Antonio Fogazzaro
  • Besides, the expression of her face was lachrymose in the extreme.

    The Girls of Central High in Camp Gertrude W. Morrison
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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