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Sunday, January 23, 2000


\LAK-ruh-mohs\ , adjective;
Generating or shedding tears; given to shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful.
Causing or tending to cause tears.
At the farewell party on the boat, Joyce was surrounded by a lachrymose family.
-- Edna O'Brien, "She Was the Other Ireland", New York Times, June 19, 1988
I promise to do my best, and if at any time my resolution lapses, pen me a few fierce vitriolic words and you shall receive by the next post a lachrymose & abject apology in my most emotional hand writing.
-- Rupert Brooke, "letter to James Strachey", , July 7, 1905
The game is perpetuated by the sons in a sometimes vicious sibling rivalry that inevitably subsides into lachrymose reconciliation.
-- Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb, O'Neill: Life With Monte Cristo
Meanwhile, a lachrymose new waltz, "After The Ball Is Over," was sweeping the nation.
-- Benjamin Welles, Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist
Lachrymose is from Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima,
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