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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For despite its dull and lugubrious setting, feast of some kind it certainly must be.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • He was too downcast even to sing one of his lugubrious hymns or to whistle.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Of course, about this lugubrious pun, there could be no misconception.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • "I see nothing for it but to give up," said one lugubrious member.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • No doubt he dined at his club, drank a pint of wine and smoked a cigar or two, though he did it all after a lugubrious fashion.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • “A most lugubrious spot,” said Will, surveying it sadly as he rode forward.

    Over the Rocky Mountains R.M. Ballantyne
  • We turned into the sala grande—from whence proceeded the lugubrious sounds.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • In all this a predominant and lugubrious impression of keys and bolts.

    The Spirit of Rome Vernon Lee
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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