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[fyoo-neer-ee-uh l]
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  1. of or suitable for a funeral.
  2. mournful; gloomy; dismal: a funereal aloofness that was quite chilling.
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Origin of funereal

1715–25; < Latin fūnere(us) of, belonging to a funeral + -al1
Related formsfu·ne·re·al·ly, adverbun·fu·ne·re·al, adjectiveun·fu·ne·re·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfuneral funereal funerary
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Related Words

elegiac, solemn, somber, lugubrious, gloomy, mournful, black, bleak, dark, dismal, doleful, dreary, grave, grim, lamenting, melancholy, oppressive, sad, sepulchral, serious

Examples from the Web for funereal

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  • Let her go abroad with her monotonous voice and her funereal fantasies!

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • What do they all mean by looking at me with such a funereal air?

  • To the onlooker who does not know its hazards faro is a funereal game.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • However, he could not remain indefinitely under the funereal blackboard.


    Joseph Conrad

  • This tall Mme. Polge is funereal in her green dress, the ideal of dry-nurses.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

British Dictionary definitions for funereal


  1. suggestive of a funeral; gloomy or mournfulAlso: funebrial (fjuːˈniːbrɪəl)
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Derived Formsfunereally, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin fūnereus
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Word Origin and History for funereal


1725, from funeral by influence of Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus "of a funeral," from funus "funeral; death."

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