[ suh-puhl-kruhl ]
See synonyms for sepulchral on
  1. of, relating to, or serving as a tomb.

  2. of or relating to burial.

  1. proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.

  2. hollow and deep: sepulchral tones.

Origin of sepulchral

From the Latin word sepulcrālis, dating back to 1605–15. See sepulcher, -al1

Other words from sepulchral

  • se·pul·chral·ly, adverb
  • trans·se·pul·chral, adjective
  • un·se·pul·chral, adjective
  • un·se·pul·chral·ly, adverb

Words Nearby sepulchral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sepulchral in a sentence

  • A valuable collection of sepulchral remains has been made and placed in the local museum.

    The Towns of Roman Britain | James Oliver Bevan
  • It consists of a series of large and gloomy caverns utterly unlike the sepulchral crypts below.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • In the Cloister garden of the Cathedral are preserved a tesselated pavement and the sepulchral slab of a Roman warrior.

    The Towns of Roman Britain | James Oliver Bevan

British Dictionary definitions for sepulchral


/ (sɪˈpʌlkrəl) /

  1. suggestive of a tomb; gloomy

  2. of or relating to a sepulchre

Derived forms of sepulchral

  • sepulchrally, adverb

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