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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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  • Let her go abroad with her monotonous voice and her funereal fantasies!

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • What do they all mean by looking at me with such a funereal air?

  • To the onlooker who does not know its hazards faro is a funereal game.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • However, he could not remain indefinitely under the funereal blackboard.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • This tall Mme. Polge is funereal in her green dress, the ideal of dry-nurses.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • When the ship was twelve hours on its way, the atmosphere inside it was funereal.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • There are the funereal stelæ, with their quiet expression of sorrow, of hope, of resignation.

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • I will respect them, and deny myself the honor of performing the funereal rites.

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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