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funest

[fyoo-nest]
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adjective
  1. boding or causing evil or death; fatal; disastrous.
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Origin of funest

1645–55; < French funeste < Latin fūnestus, derivative of fūnus funeral, death
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  • Funest, fū-nest′, adj. causing or portending death, lamentable.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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Word Origin and History for funest

adj.

"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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