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[suh-puhl-kruh l]
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  1. of, relating to, or serving as a tomb.
  2. of or relating to burial.
  3. proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.
  4. hollow and deep: sepulchral tones.
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Origin of sepulchral

From the Latin word sepulcrālis, dating back to 1605–15. See sepulcher, -al1
Related formsse·pul·chral·ly, adverbtrans·se·pul·chral, adjectiveun·se·pul·chral, adjectiveun·se·pul·chral·ly, adverb
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Related Words for sepulchral

black, bleak, cheerless, dark, deathly, dismal, dreary, forlorn, funereal, grave, hollow, morbid, mournful, obscure, somber

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British Dictionary definitions for sepulchral


  1. suggestive of a tomb; gloomy
  2. of or relating to a sepulchre
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Derived Formssepulchrally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sepulchral


1610s, "pertaining to a burial or place of burial," from Latin sepulcralis "of a tomb, sepulchral," from sepulcrum (see sepulcher) + -al (1). Transferred sense of "gloomy" is from 1711. Related: Sepulchrally.

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