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Saturday, October 29, 2011

sepulchral

\suh-PUHL-kruhl\ , adjective;
1.
Proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.
2.
Of or pertaining to burial.
3.
Of, pertaining to, or serving as a tomb.
4.
Hollow and deep: sepulchral tones.
Quotes:
I expect you are aware that my brother had an abiding interest in sepulchral art and tomb antiquities, sir.
-- Amanda Quick, Mischief
For, except in one or two doubtful instances, these mountainous sepulchral edifices have not availed to keep so much as the bare name of an individual or a family from oblivion.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun
Origin:
Sepulchural is derived from the Latin sepulcrum, from sepul- meaning to bury and -crum which was the suffix denoting place, so it literally meant “place to bury.”
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