Sunday, January 23, 2000
Definitions for lachrymose
- given to shedding tears readily; tearful.
- suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
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Citations for lachrymose
I suppose Catherine fulfilled her project, for the next sentence took up another subject: she waxed lachrymose. "How little did I dream that Hindley would ever make me cry so!" she wrote.
Two weeks after Nobel-winning biologist Tim Hunt characterised female scientists as lachrymose romantics, his downfall is still making headlines.
Origin of lachrymose
Lachrymose derives from the Latin word meaning "tear," lacrima. The adjectival suffix -ous means "full of; abounding in; given to; like." Lachrymose entered English in the mid-1600s.