lugubrious

[loo-goo-bree-uh s, -gyoo-] /lʊˈgu bri əs, -ˈgyu-/
adjective
1.
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner:
"lugubrious songs of lost love."
Origin
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),
noun
nonlugubrious, adjective
nonlugubriously, adverb
nonlugubriousness, noun
unlugubrious, adjective
unlugubriously, adverb
unlugubriousness, noun
Synonyms
sorrowful, melancholy.
Antonyms
cheerful.
Example Sentences 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
lugubrious (lʊˈɡuːbrɪəs)
 
adj
excessively mournful; doleful
 
[C17: from Latin lūgubris mournful, from lūgēre to grieve]
 
lu'gubriously
 
adv
 
lu'gubriousness
 
n

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Word Origin and History for lugubrious
lugubrious
c.1600, from L. lugubris "mournful, pertaining to mourning," from lugere "to mourn," from PIE base *leug- "to break, to cause pain" (cf. Gk. lygros "mournful, sad," Skt. rujati "breaks, torments," Lettish lauzit "to break the heart").
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