lachrymose

[ lak-ruh-mohs ]
/ ˈlæk rəˌmoʊs /

adjective

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

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Nearby words

  1. lachryma christi,
  2. lachrymal,
  3. lachrymation,
  4. lachrymator,
  5. lachrymatory,
  6. lachrymosity,
  7. lachute,
  8. lacing,
  9. lacinia,
  10. laciniate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lachrymose

lachrymose

/ (ˈlækrɪˌməʊs, -ˌməʊz) /

adjective

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

lachrymose

adj.

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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