[suh-puhl-kruh l]


of, relating to, or serving as a tomb.
of or relating to burial.
proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.
hollow and deep: sepulchral tones.

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

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Contemporary Examples of sepulchral

  • Wilde called on a sepulchral Jefferson Davis at his Mississippi Plantation.

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    Anthony Paletta

    January 3, 2013

  • One person described the atmosphere inside the network as “sepulchral.”

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    Rebecca Dana

    August 31, 2010

Historical Examples of sepulchral

British Dictionary definitions for sepulchral



suggestive of a tomb; gloomy
of or relating to a sepulchre
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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