Definition of lugubrious
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Examples of lugubrious in a Sentence
a comic actor known for his lugubrious manner
the diner's dim lighting makes eating there a particularly lugubrious experience
Recent Examples of lugubrious from the Web
Lugubrious and lethargic, Humanz carries all the world-weariness Gorillaz brought to their previous work, just without the quixotic exuberance.
No doubt alert to the lugubrious potential of his material, Di Benedetto is more than usually matter-of-fact.
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lugubrious Has Latin Roots
It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery, wrote Publilius Syrus in the first century BC. Perhaps this explains why "lugubrious" is so woeful-it's all alone. Sure, we can dress up "lugubrious" with suffixes to form "lugubriously" or "lugubriousness," but the word remains essentially an only child-the sole surviving English offspring of its Latin ancestors. This wasn't always the case, though. "Lugubrious" once had a linguistic living relative in "luctual," an adjective meaning "sad" or "sorrowful." Like "lugubrious," "luctual" traced ultimately to the Latin verb lugēre, meaning "to mourn." "Luctual," however, faded into obsolescence long ago, leaving "lugubrious" to carry on the family's mournful mission all alone.
Origin and Etymology of lugubrious
Latin lugubris, from lugēre to mourn; akin to Greek lygros mournful
First Known Use: 1585See Words from the same year
LUGUBRIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lugubrious for English Language Learners
: full of sadness or sorrow : very sad especially in an exaggerated or insincere way
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