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[loo-goo-bree-uh s, -gyoo-] /lʊˈgu bri əs, -ˈgyu-/
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner:
lugubrious songs of lost love.
Origin of lugubrious
1595-1605; < Latin lūgubri(s) mournful (akin to lūgēre to mourn) + -ous
Related forms
lugubriously, adverb
lugubriousness, lugubriosity
[luh-goo-bree-os-i-tee, -gyoo-] /ləˌgu briˈɒs ɪ ti, -ˌgyu-/ (Show IPA),
nonlugubrious, adjective
nonlugubriously, adverb
nonlugubriousness, noun
unlugubrious, adjective
unlugubriously, adverb
unlugubriousness, noun
sorrowful, melancholy.
cheerful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lugubrious
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  • 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.
  • How long and lugubrious this meal by the bedside of my sick friend appeared to me!

    Artists' Wives Alphonse Daudet
  • There was a lugubrious attempt at a smile as she turned her eyes toward him.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • "I see nothing for it but to give up," said one lugubrious member.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

    Emma Speed Sampson
British Dictionary definitions for lugubrious


excessively mournful; doleful
Derived Forms
lugubriously, adverb
lugubriousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lūgubris mournful, from lūgēre to grieve
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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