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lugubrious

[ loo-goo-bree-uhs, -gyoo- ]
/ lʊˈgu bri əs, -ˈgyu- /
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adjective
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.
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Origin of lugubrious

First recorded in 1595–1605; from 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 forms of lugubrious

lugubriously, adverblugubriousness, noun

Word Origin for lugubrious

C17: from Latin lūgubris mournful, from lūgēre to grieve
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