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lugubrious

[loo-goo-bree-uh s, -gyoo-]
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adjective
  1. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.
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Origin of lugubrious

1595–1605; < Latin lūgubri(s) mournful (akin to lūgēre to mourn) + -ous
Related formslu·gu·bri·ous·ly, adverblu·gu·bri·ous·ness, lu·gu·bri·os·i·ty [luh-goo-bree-os-i-tee, -gyoo-] /ləˌgu briˈɒs ɪ ti, -ˌgyu-/, nounnon·lu·gu·bri·ous, adjectivenon·lu·gu·bri·ous·ly, adverbnon·lu·gu·bri·ous·ness, nounun·lu·gu·bri·ous, adjectiveun·lu·gu·bri·ous·ly, adverbun·lu·gu·bri·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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sorrowful, melancholy.

Antonyms

cheerful.
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British Dictionary definitions for lugubriosity

lugubrious

adjective
  1. excessively mournful; doleful
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Derived Formslugubriously, adverblugubriousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin lūgubris mournful, from lūgēre to grieve
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Word Origin and History for lugubriosity

n.

1839, from Latin lugubris (see lugubrious) + -ity. Sometimes also lugubrosity.

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lugubrious

adj.

c.1600, from Latin lugubris "mournful, pertaining to mourning," from lugere "to mourn," from PIE root *leug- "to break; to cause pain" (cf. Greek lygros "mournful, sad," Sanskrit rujati "breaks, torments," Lettish lauzit "to break the heart"). Related: Lugubriously; lugubriousness.

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