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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web At Père Lachaise in Paris long avenues of tombs process under tall, sepulchral trees. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 2020 As López drove the ambulance, the sound of the siren, almost as strong as the smell of disinfectant, broke the sepulchral silence that for days had dominated the streets of Spain. Los Angeles Times, "In hard-hit Spain, emergency care workers describe coronavirus stress," 6 Apr. 2020 That airless environment of secrecy and subterfuge is thick with smoke that emanates first from a censer hanging center stage before the play begins and then clogs the sepulchral shafts of John Torres' expressive lighting throughout. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 Even by the standards of the Roman Church, the sepulchral ceremony ran thick with symbolism. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Can the Catholic Church Save the Amazon?," 14 Nov. 2019 In the presence of death, the atmosphere in the donor room had been sepulchral. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019 Her elderly father, a Herr Doktor who seems to have come down in the world, lives in sepulchral hotels. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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