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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
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for lugubriously

lugubrious

/lʊˈɡuːbrɪəs/
adjective
1.
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 lugubriously

lugubrious

adj.

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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