or lac·ri·ma·to·ry

[lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


of, relating to, or causing the shedding of tears.

noun, plural lach·ry·ma·to·ries.

Also called lachrymal. a small, narrow-necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch and keep the tears of bereaved friends.

Origin of lachrymatory

1650–60; (noun) < Medieval Latin lachrymātōrium, equivalent to lachrymā(re) to shed tears + -tōrium -tory2; (adj.) < Medieval Latin lachrymātōrius, equivalent to lachrymā(re) + -tōrius -tory1; see lachrymal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lachrymatory

Historical Examples of lachrymatory

  • Your uncle is great in the lachrymatory line, Clive Newcome.

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Roman vessels—a red thing that might have been a lamp, another that might have been a lachrymatory.

    The Daisy Chain

    Charlotte Yonge

  • Free use was made of lachrymatory shell, our first taste of it.

  • Fritz bombarded us often with lachrymatory shells, the tear-inducing variety, and this was most unpleasant, but nothing more.

  • He had found a lachrymatory, too, a relic of an ancient Christian; and many bones of holy martyrs.

British Dictionary definitions for lachrymatory


noun plural -ries

a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners


a variant spelling of lacrimatory
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Medicine definitions for lachrymatory




Variant oflacrimatory
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