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[suh-puhl-kruh l] /səˈpʌl krəl/
of, relating to, or serving as a tomb.
of or relating to burial.
proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.
hollow and deep:
sepulchral tones.
Origin of sepulchral
From the Latin word sepulcrālis, dating back to 1605-15. See sepulcher, -al1
Related forms
sepulchrally, adverb
transsepulchral, adjective
unsepulchral, adjective
unsepulchrally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Be that as it might, Richard Digby was well contented with his sepulchral cave.

    The Man of Adamant Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Senator Palomba," said Felice's sepulchral voice from the door.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • "Sit where you are, girl," commanded the gypsy in sepulchral tones.

  • This sepulchral monument the Thebans decked with ornaments before the battle.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • "Sally Baker," returned Ben, in as sepulchral a voice as he could command.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • Fyne was beginning to swear at him in low, sepulchral tones when I appeared.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "I don't know that he is so tame," was Mr. Jones's remark, in a sepulchral undertone.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • And bury my misery,' he added in a tone so hollow and sepulchral that you or I had laughed.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for sepulchral


suggestive of a tomb; gloomy
of or relating to a sepulchre
Derived Forms
sepulchrally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sepulchral

1610s, "pertaining to a burial or place of burial," from Latin sepulcralis "of a tomb, sepulchral," from sepulcrum (see sepulcher) + -al (1). Transferred sense of "gloomy" is from 1711. Related: Sepulchrally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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