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; lugubriousness.

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  • 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

  • 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 …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

  • 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.… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • 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 …   Wiktionary

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