Definition of funereal in English:

funereal

Syllabification: fu·ne·re·al
Pronunciation: /fyəˈnērēəl
 
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adjective

Having the mournful, somber character appropriate to a funeral: Lincoln’s funereal gloominess was legendary
More example sentences
  • This is primarily a period piece and, as you might expect from the elegiac nature of the film, the pace is appropriately funereal.
  • Bleak, dismal, gloomy, dreary, funereal, somber: All of these adjectives could be used to describe the new album by Iceland's Sigur Ros.
  • Mourning the lack of opportunities which have thus far presented themselves, the funereal hue seems appropriate in the current Scottish footballing climate.
Synonyms

Origin

early 18th century: from Latin funereus (from funus, funer- 'funeral') + -al.

Derivatives

funereally

adverb
More example sentences
  • The two duets with Vedder are the strongest of too many funereally morose dirges that bind the album.
  • Typical are the album's three separate versions of Robert's title composition, a funereally paced piece that perfectly sets the tone; melancholy and brooding yet strangely optimistic.
  • Black-car motorcades cruise funereally through deserted streets, bringing presidents and prime ministers to the Congress Center, where the VIPs are meeting, or the Hilton Hotel.

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