lugubrious
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ləˈɡ(j)uːbɹi.əs/
Adjective

lugubrious

  1. 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.
    His client’s lugubrious expression tipped off the detective that something lurked beneath her optimistic words.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, chapter XIX, in The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Smith, Elder & Co., […], OCLC 881857478 ↗, page 242 ↗:
      The exaggeration with darkness imparted to the glooms of this region impressed Henchard more than he had expected. The lugubrious harmony of the spot with his domestic situation was too perfect for him, impatient of effects, scenes, and adumbrations.
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