lach·​ry·​mose | \ ˈla-krə-ˌmōs How to pronounce lachrymose (audio) \

Definition of lachrymose

1 : given to tears or weeping : tearful tended to become lachrymose when he was drunk
2 : tending to cause tears : mournful a lachrymose drama

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lachrymosely adverb
lachrymosity \ ˌla-​krə-​ˈmä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce lachrymose (audio) \ noun

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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.

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

First Known Use of lachrymose

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lachrymose

Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima

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The first known use of lachrymose was circa 1727

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“Lachrymose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lachrymose

: tending to cause tears : mournful
: tending to cry often : tearful

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