se·​pul·​chral | \ sə-ˈpəl-krəl also -ˈpu̇l- How to pronounce sepulchral (audio) \

Definition of sepulchral

1 : of or relating to a sepulchre sepulchral inscriptions
2 : suited to or suggestive of a sepulchre : funereal spoke in sepulchral whispers

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sepulchrally \ sə-​ˈpəl-​krə-​lē How to pronounce sepulchrally (audio) also  -​ˈpu̇l-​ \ adverb

Examples of sepulchral in a Sentence

the decrepit mansion had a sepulchral tone that gave everyone a chill

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Rarely will the aria be heard in a more fittingly sepulchral setting than when the hour-long opera, composed in the 1680s, is performed this week in the catacombs of Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Washington Post, "Purcell opera performed in cemetery catacombs," 4 June 2019 Michael falls off the wagon — a moment signaled by an action-freezing, sepulchral spotlight, courtesy of the lighting designer Hugh Vanstone — and initiates an especially cruel, soul-baring party game. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto Enter Sniping in ‘The Boys in the Band’," 31 May 2018 The one-acts are scattered among three sepulchral rooms, and attendants with flashlights guide you from one to the next. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Beckett’s Absurdist House of Horrors, in Hell’s Kitchen," 25 Sep. 2017 According to the company’s engineering director Philip Koehn, the new Phantom is 10 percent quieter at highway cruising speeds than its already-sepulchral predecessor. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom: The Eighth Generation of Ultimate Luxury," 28 July 2017 In Birmingham, the sepulchral skies posed more threat to that record than Pakistan’s cricketers. Tim Wigmore, New York Times, "India, Pakistan and Something Deeper Than Cricket," 4 June 2017 At the doleful close of the first movement, the double basses reached down to their sepulchral low-C extensions, a sound that didn’t exist during Mozart’s lifetime. Russell Platt, The New Yorker, "Daniel Barenboim and the Music of Anton Bruckner," 3 Feb. 2017 There’s something not just tight-lipped but a bit sepulchral about the proposal. Christopher Hawthorne,, "Design for Obama library and museum off to surprisingly somber start," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of sepulchral

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sepulchral

literary : very sad and serious : very dismal or gloomy
: of or relating to a sepulchre

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