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

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

Other Words from sepulchral

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

Examples of sepulchral in a Sentence

the decrepit mansion had a sepulchral tone that gave everyone a chill
Recent Examples on the Web Historic mansions that hew to their original interiors can seem sepulchral. Cate Mcquaid,, 28 July 2022 From its first sepulchral rumble in the dark to the lonely ending — papery wrinkles of snare drum; a cello solo high and yearning enough to mimic a viola; quietly breathless winds — Dean’s score contains multitudes and mysteries. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Morse was tall and thin and as gray and sepulchral as a church about to be condemned. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 4 Feb. 2022 Their voices all take on the same sepulchral tones. Daniel M. Lavery, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2021 The process is dignified and quiet, almost sepulchral. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Knowing that Hakim’s dreamy voice was floating over a Brooklyn stupefied by a relentless virus gives the entire album a sepulchral quality, as if the anxieties and fear the city felt were etched into the record. T.m. Brown, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2021 Nothing can keep this year’s Thanksgiving from having a sepulchral tone for thousands of Americans. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2020 Detractors of Lincoln Center have compared the place to a mausoleum, but the absence of artists—and audiences—has made its hulking marble structures particularly sepulchral. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 29 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sepulchral

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sepulchral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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