[loo-goo-bree-uhs, -gyoo-]


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

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 for lugubrious

Antonyms for lugubrious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lugubrious

Contemporary Examples of lugubrious

  • She is likely to shoehorn her pain into lugubrious scenarios that are perfect for country-music videos.

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    Battle of the Blondes

    Bryan Curtis

    January 28, 2010

  • Death is not a lugubrious occasion here, but more often a celebration of a life.

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    Islanders Eulogize Obama's 'Tutu'

    Paul Theroux

    November 4, 2008

Historical Examples of lugubrious

  • Miette, after a woman's fashion, was partial to lugubrious subjects.

  • But Aristide felt some doubts on the point; he had suspicions of some lugubrious farce.

  • He was too downcast even to sing one of his lugubrious hymns or to whistle.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "It's darker in the grave," observed Captain Perez with lugubrious philosophy.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Crane stared at the deceptive bag in the most lugubrious astonishment.

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for lugubrious



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

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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