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[fyoo-neer-ee-uh l] /fyuˈnɪər i əl/
of or suitable for a funeral.
mournful; gloomy; dismal:
a funereal aloofness that was quite chilling.
Origin of funereal
1715-25; < Latin fūnere(us) of, belonging to a funeral + -al1
Related forms
funereally, adverb
unfunereal, adjective
unfunereally, adverb
Can be confused
funeral, funereal, funerary. Unabridged
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  • "Ye hain't heerd all of it, though," continued Miss Peekin, with a funereal countenance.

  • Stately, magnificent, if you will, but funereal in their gloom.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Her voice was soft and oily; she never spoke above her breath, and her motions were slow, funereal and perpendicular.

  • Make a confidant of that funereal mute and deny me the truth!

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • It was icy, nay more, funereal,' and he lifted his hand with a theatrical gesture and paused.

    La Grande Breteche Honore de Balzac
  • She had discarded her rainbow-colored garb, and was clothed in funereal black.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • They rang within me like a funereal echo with which the memory of Bérangère was mingled.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • You are not exactly funny at any time, but to-day you are funereal.

British Dictionary definitions for funereal


suggestive of a funeral; gloomy or mournful Also funebrial (fjuːˈniːbrɪəl)
Derived Forms
funereally, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin fūnereus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for funereal

1725, from funeral by influence of Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus "of a funeral," from funus "funeral; death."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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