[ lak-ruh-mohs ]
See synonyms for lachrymose on
  1. suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.

  2. given to shedding tears readily; tearful.

Origin of lachrymose

First recorded in 1655–65; from Latin lacrimōsus, equivalent to lacrim(a) “tear” (see lachrymal) + -ōsus -ose1

Other words from lachrymose

  • lach·ry·mose·ly, adverb
  • lach·ry·mos·i·ty [lak-ruh-mos-i-tee], /ˌlæk rəˈmɒs ɪ ti/, noun

Words Nearby lachrymose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lachrymose in a sentence

  • Ruth had her arms about the little old woman and her own voice was caressing if not lachrymose.

    Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
  • "I will no longer read what people may now write about me," he bursts out in a fit of lachrymose querulousness.

  • The lachrymose prelate contributed hugely to the gaiety of nations.

    Lola Montez | Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • M. Nioche drained his pungent glass at a long draught, and looked out from eyes more lachrymose in consequence.

    The American | Henry James
  • Our interviews were largely lachrymose on her part and morose on mine, after argument proved futile.

    A Romantic Young Lady | Robert Grant

British Dictionary definitions for lachrymose


/ (ˈlækrɪˌməʊs, -ˌməʊz) /

  1. given to weeping; tearful

  2. mournful; sad

Origin of lachrymose

C17: from Latin lacrimōsus, from lacrima a tear

Derived forms of lachrymose

  • lachrymosely, adverb
  • lachrymosity (ˌlækrɪˈmɒsɪtɪ), noun

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