Simple Definition of lachrymose
: tending to cause tears
: tending to cry often
Examples of lachrymose in a sentence
a drama with a lachrymose hero
<the more lachrymose mourners at the funeral required a steady supply of tissues>
Did You Know?
The adjective "lachrymose" comes from Latin lacrimosus (from the noun lacrima, meaning "tear"). "Lachrymose" didn't appear in English until around 1727, but another closely related adjective can be traced back to the late 16th century. This earlier cousin, "lachrymal" (sometimes spelled "lacrimal," particularly in its scientific applications), has a scientific flavor and is defined as "of, relating to, or being glands that produce tears" or "of, relating to, or marked by tears." In contrast, "lachrymose" typically applies to someone who is moved to tears because of strong emotions or something that stimulates such feelings.
Origin of lachrymose
Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima
First Known Use: circa 1727
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