- boding or causing evil or death; fatal; disastrous.
Origin of funest
1645–55; < French funeste < Latin fūnestus, derivative of fūnus funeral, death
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Examples from the Web for funest
Funest, fū-nest′, adj. causing or portending death, lamentable.
Word Origin and History for funest
"portending death," 1550s (implied in funestal), from Middle French funeste "unlucky" (14c.), from Latin funestus "causing death, destructive; mournful," from funus (see funeral (n.)).
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