fu·​ne·​re·​al | \ fyu̇-ˈnir-ē-əl How to pronounce funereal (audio) \

Definition of funereal

1 : of or relating to a funeral
2 : befitting or suggesting a funeral (as in solemnity)

Other Words from funereal

funereally \ fyu̇-​ˈnir-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce funereal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of funereal in a Sentence

shivered with cold in the dark and funereal Victorian mansion
Recent Examples on the Web Members of the honor guard saluted during the funereal procession., 16 June 2022 Wearing a funereal dark suit, white shirt and muted tie, Joe Biden delivered Thursday night one of the most somber White House speeches in recent history. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 June 2022 Several categories, including items taken by colonial violence, human remains and sacred and funereal objects, will be most affected. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 The parallels to America are clear, but Harris gives Sugarland its own ceremonies of remembrance and loss, including a semi-Pentecostal, funereal holler that made a holy terror announce itself in my body. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Played by a sadly juiceless Jeremy Irons in funereal mode, the Chamberlain here is a quietly heroic figure who perceptively negotiates with Hitler to avoid another war. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Garrison and Jones work themselves into a funereal groove, and Tyner somehow makes his piano sound like it’s crying. New York Times, 3 Dec. 2021 During the long stretch when the Advance failed to live up to its upbeat billing, the event took on a funereal vibe, even amid the splendor of a historic hotel decked out for Christmas. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2021 Originally funereal, the first move Ashworth made was increasing tempos — while adding richly textured acoustic and electronic arrangements that firmly pushed the songs toward contemporary pop. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of funereal

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for funereal

Latin funereus, from funer-, funus

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“Funereal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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