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[loo-goo-bree-uh s, -gyoo-] /lʊˈgu bri əs, -ˈgyu-/
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner:
lugubrious songs of lost love.
Origin of lugubrious
1595-1605; < Latin lūgubri(s) mournful (akin to lūgēre to mourn) + -ous
Related forms
lugubriously, adverb
lugubriousness, lugubriosity
[luh-goo-bree-os-i-tee, -gyoo-] /ləˌgu briˈɒs ɪ ti, -ˌgyu-/ (Show IPA),
nonlugubrious, adjective
nonlugubriously, adverb
nonlugubriousness, noun
unlugubrious, adjective
unlugubriously, adverb
unlugubriousness, noun
sorrowful, melancholy.
cheerful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lugubrious
  • At last the waxen image is again deposited in the church, and the same lugubrious chants echo anew.
  • Sarcastic, tired flippancy has stolen the place of the first, and lugubrious resentment has deposed the second.
  • The rest of the movie is even heavier and more lugubrious.
  • Nor does he succeed in making plausible this lugubrious soul-search of his town.
  • Though the film moves backward through time, it doesn't have the lugubrious manner of an extended flashback.
  • Take, for example, the lugubrious statements of once respected investigators.
  • No other country has managed to make the process of health care so lugubrious and complicated.
  • His lugubrious conduct was doubtless intended to soften the heart of the court.
  • Some of the more lugubrious were sure that it was a judgment.
British Dictionary definitions for lugubrious


excessively mournful; doleful
Derived Forms
lugubriously, adverb
lugubriousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūgubris mournful, from lūgēre to grieve
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Word Origin and History for lugubrious

c.1600, from Latin lugubris "mournful, pertaining to mourning," from lugere "to mourn," from PIE root *leug- "to break; to cause pain" (cf. Greek lygros "mournful, sad," Sanskrit rujati "breaks, torments," Lettish lauzit "to break the heart"). Related: Lugubriously; lugubriousness.

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