- mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.
Origin of lugubrious
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Examples from the Web for lugubrious
Miette, after a woman's fashion, was partial to lugubrious subjects.
But Aristide felt some doubts on the point; he had suspicions of some lugubrious farce.
He was too downcast even to sing one of his lugubrious hymns or to whistle.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
"It's darker in the grave," observed Captain Perez with lugubrious philosophy.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Crane stared at the deceptive bag in the most lugubrious astonishment.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- excessively mournful; doleful
Word Origin and History for lugubrious
c.1600, from Latin lugubris "mournful, pertaining to mourning," from lugere "to mourn," from PIE root *leug- "to break; to cause pain" (cf. Greek lygros "mournful, sad," Sanskrit rujati "breaks, torments," Lettish lauzit "to break the heart"). Related: Lugubriously; lugubriousness.