lugubrious

  • 1 Lugubrious — Lu*gu bri*ous, a. [L. lugubris, fr. lugere to mourn; cf. Gr. lygro s sad, Skr. ruj to break.] Mournful; indicating sorrow, often ridiculously or feignedly; doleful; woful; pitiable; as, a whining tone and a lugubrious look. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 lugubrious — I adjective cheerless, crestfallen, dark, dejected, depressing, despondent, disconsolate, discouraged, disheartened, dismal, dispirited, doleful, dolorous, downcast, dreary, elegiac, flebilis, forbidding, forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, grieving …

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  • 3 lugubrious — c.1600, from L. lugubris mournful, pertaining to mourning, from lugere to mourn, from PIE root *leug to break; to cause pain (Cf. Gk. lygros mournful, sad, Skt. rujati breaks, torments, Lettish lauzit to break the heart ). Related: Lugubriously;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 lugubrious — doleful, dolorous, *melancholy, rueful, plaintive Analogous words: depressing, oppressing or oppressive (see corresponding verbs at DEPRESS): sorrowful, woeful (see corresponding nouns at SORROW): gloomy, saturnine, dour, morose, glum, *sullen… …

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  • 5 lugubrious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ mournful; sad and dismal. DERIVATIVES lugubriously adverb lugubriousness noun. ORIGIN Latin lugubris, from lugere mourn …

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  • 6 lugubrious — [lə go͞o′brē əs, ləgyo͞o′brē əs] adj. [L lugubris < lugere, to mourn (< IE base * leuğ , *leug , to break > Welsh llwyth, burden) + OUS] very sad or mournful, esp. in a way that seems exaggerated or ridiculous lugubriously adv.… …

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  • 7 lugubrious — [[t]luːgu͟ːbriəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone or something is lugubrious, you mean that they are sad rather than lively or cheerful. [LITERARY] ...a tall, thin man with a long and lugubrious face... He plays some passages so slowly… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 lugubrious — adjective Etymology: Latin lugubris, from lugēre to mourn; akin to Greek lygros mournful Date: 1585 1. mournful; especially exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful < dark, dramatic and lugubrious brooding V. S. Pritchett > 2. dismal < a lugubrious… …

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  • 9 lugubrious — adjective lugubrious hymns their lugubrious aunt Syn: mournful, gloomy, sad, unhappy, doleful, glum, melancholy, woeful, miserable, woebegone, forlorn, somber, solemn, serious, sorrowful, morose, dour …

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  • 10 lugubrious — lugubriously, adv. lugubriousness, lugubriosity /leuh gooh bree os i tee, gyooh /, n. /loo gooh bree euhs, gyooh /, adj. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love. [1595… …

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  • 11 lugubrious — adjective /ləˈɡuːbriəs/ gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree. The poor lighting and sparse maintenance, plus the rarefied traffic on its wide boulevards, made the effect of Pyongyang on the tourist distinctly lugubrious …

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  • 12 lugubrious — lu|gu|bri|ous [lu:ˈgu:briəs] adj literary [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: lugubris, from lugere to be sad, mourn ] very sad and serious sometimes used humorously = ↑melancholy, morose ↑morose ▪ his lugubrious tear stained face >lugubriously …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 lugubrious — adjective literary or humorous very sad and serious: a lugubrious voice lugubriously adverb lugubriousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 lugubrious — lu•gu•bri•ous [[t]lʊˈgu bri əs, ˈgyu [/t]] adj. mournful or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love[/ex] • Etymology: 1595–1605; < L lūgubri(s) mournful lu•gu′bri•ous•ly, adv.… …

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  • 15 lugubrious — /ləˈgubriəs / (say luh goohbreeuhs) adjective mournful; doleful; dismal: lugubrious tones. {Latin lūgubri(s) mournful + ous} –lugubriously, adverb –lugubriousness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 lugubrious — Synonyms and related words: aggrieved, anguished, black, bleak, careworn, cheerless, depressant, depressing, dismal, dispiriting, doleful, dolorous, dour, dreary, dumb with grief, glum, grief stricken, griefful, grieved, grievous, in grief,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 lugubrious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. mournful, doleful, dejected. See dejection. Ant., cheerful. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dismal, mournful, pensive; see sad 2 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Full of or expressive of sorrow:… …

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  • 18 lugubrious — lu|gu|bri|ous [ lə gubriəs ] adjective looking very sad or serious ╾ lu|gu|bri|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 lugubrious — lu·gu·bri·ous || luː guːbrɪəs adj. melancholic, sad, sorrowful …

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  • 20 lugubrious — [lʊ gu:brɪəs] adjective mournful; sad and dismal. Derivatives lugubriously adverb lugubriousness noun Origin C17: from L. lugubris (from lugere mourn ) + ous …

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