fuliginous

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adjective fu·lig·i·nous \fyu̇-ˈli-jə-nəs\

Definition of fuliginous

  1. 1a :  sootyb :  obscure, murky

  2. 2 :  having a dark or dusky color

fuliginously

adverb

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Examples of fuliginous in a sentence

  1. a fuliginous prose style that's not exactly ideal for writing for the mass media

Did You Know?

Fuliginous is a word with a dark and dirty past - it derives from "fuligo," the Latin word for "soot." In an early sense (now obsolete), "fuliginous" was used to describe noxious bodily vapors once thought to be produced by organic processes. The "sooty" sense, which English speakers have been using since the early 1620s, can be used to describe everything from dense fogs and malevolent clouds to overworked chimney sweeps. "Fuliginous" can also be used to refer to something dark or dusky, as in Henry James' novel The Ambassadors, in which the character Waymarsh is described as having "dark fuliginous eyes."

Origin and Etymology of fuliginous

Late Latin fuliginosus, from Latin fuligin-, fuligo soot; akin to Lithuanian dūlis cloud, vapor, and probably to Latin fumus smoke — more at fume


First Known Use: 1621



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