lugubrious

[ loo-goo-bree-uhs, -gyoo- ]
/ lʊˈgu bri əs, -ˈgyu- /

adjective

mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.

Nearby words

  1. lugones,
  2. lugones, leopoldo,
  3. lugosi,
  4. lugsail,
  5. lugubriosity,
  6. lugworm,
  7. luhansk,
  8. luhrmann,
  9. luhsien,
  10. luichow

Origin of lugubrious

1595–1605; < Latin lūgubri(s) mournful (akin to lūgēre to mourn) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for lugubrious

lugubrious

/ (lʊˈɡuːbrɪəs) /

adjective

excessively mournful; doleful
Derived Formslugubriously, adverblugubriousness, noun

Word Origin for lugubrious

C17: from Latin lūgubris mournful, from lūgēre to grieve

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Word Origin and History for lugubrious

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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