lachrymose

adjective lach·ry·mose \ ˈla-krə-ˌmōs \

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

lachrymosely

adverb

lachrymosity

play \ˌla-krə-ˈmä-sə-tē\ noun

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Examples of lachrymose in a Sentence

  1. a drama with a lachrymose hero

  2. 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 and Etymology of lachrymose

Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima


LACHRYMOSE Defined for English Language Learners

lachrymose

adjective

Definition of lachrymose for English Language Learners

  • : tending to cause tears

  • : tending to cry often



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