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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Definitions for lachrymose

  1. given to shedding tears readily; tearful.
  2. 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. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847
Two weeks after Nobel-winning biologist Tim Hunt characterised female scientists as lachrymose romantics, his downfall is still making headlines. , "Sexism isn't just bad for scientists—it hurts science too," New Scientist, June 24, 2015
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.