suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful.
given to shedding tears readily; tearful.

Origin of lachrymose

1655–65; < Latin lacrimōsus, equivalent to lacrim(a) tear (see lachrymal) + -ōsus -ose1
Related formslach·ry·mose·ly, adverblach·ry·mos·i·ty [lak-ruh-mos-i-tee] /ˌlæk rəˈmɒs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lachrymose

sad, tearful, weeping, weepy, teary

Examples from the Web for lachrymose

Historical Examples of lachrymose

  • But women must beware of sham emotion and lachrymose sentimentality.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • The gills are notched, rather distant, pallid, then cinnamon; lachrymose.

  • Then it had cried out once, and so remained ever lachrymose and in agony.

  • His tone had never been so lachrymose, nor his face so full of woe.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • The too lachrymose Madonna in terra-cotta, 256, already ushers in the decadence.

British Dictionary definitions for lachrymose



given to weeping; tearful
mournful; sad
Derived Formslachrymosely, adverblachrymosity (ˌlækrɪˈmɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for lachrymose

C17: from Latin lacrimōsus, from lacrima a tear
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Word Origin and History for lachrymose

1660s, "tear-like," from Latin lacrimosus "tearful, sorrowful, weeping," also "causing tears, lamentable," from lacrima "tear," a dialect-altered borrowing of Greek dakryma "tear," from dakryein "to shed tears," from dakry "tear," from PIE *dakru-/*draku- (see tear (n.)). Meaning "given to tears, tearful" is first attested 1727; meaning "of a mournful character" is from 1822. The -d- to -l- alteration in Latin is the so-called "Sabine -L-," cf. Latin olere "smell," from root of odor, and Ulixes, the Latin form of Greek Odysseus. The Medieval Latin practice of writing -ch- for -c- before Latin -r- also altered anchor, pulchritude, sepulchre. The -y- is pedantic, from belief in a Greek origin. Middle English had lacrymable "tearful" (mid-15c.).

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