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 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 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 Hall submerges the characters in sepulchral shadows torn by streaks of light, bathes them in an uncanny brightness of relentless exposure and homogenizing uniformity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 July 2020 At Père Lachaise in Paris long avenues of tombs process under tall, sepulchral trees. 1843, 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, 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, 11 Feb. 2020 Even by the standards of the Roman Church, the sepulchral ceremony ran thick with symbolism. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 14 Nov. 2019

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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