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Word of the Day: Lugubrious

Aug 17, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

lu-gu-bri-ous / lu̇-ˈgü-brē-əs
1.      mournful, usually in an exaggerated manner
Westervelt said little to her during these days; he only looked, and his doleful gestures, his lugubrious grimaces, were comic.
From ‘The Light of the Star’ by Hamlin Garland, 1860-1940
2.      dismal; dreary; gloomy
[The cello] has such a lugubrious sound, like someone reading a will.
Irene Thomas, 1919-2001
The first recorded use of this word was c. 1600, at which time it had an alternate spelling, lugubrous. The word comes from the Latin lugubris, ‘pertaining to mourning’, which can be traced from the word lugere, ‘to mourn’. The Latin word uses the root leug, meaning ‘to break or cause pain’.

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