Definition of lachrymose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlakrəˌmōs/


formal or literary
1Tearful or given to weeping: she was pink-eyed and lachrymose
1.1Inducing tears; sad: a lachrymose children’s classic
More example sentences
  • He now almost disappears from the story, the rest of which relates, with lachrymose sentiment and many frissons of horror (including a hint of necrophilia), the misfortunes and eventual joys of young Melvil and Monimia.
  • ‘Surely,’ he wrote, ‘it is time to break with the lachrymose theory of pre-Revolutionary woe, and to adopt a view more in accord with historic truth.’



Example sentences
  • Its wild swings between the lurid and the lachrymosely sentimental are much uglier, however.
  • You might have thought that Leonora would be just calmly loathing and he lachrymosely contrite.
  • Where else can you hear a show lachrymosely titled ‘The Saddest Music in the World’?


Pronunciation: /ˌlakrəˈmäsətē/
Example sentences
  • And so The Wild Boy is a sad novel, tugging the heartstrings with some of the rhapsodic lachrymosity that felled Little Nell.
  • Tales of horror and lachrymosity abound.
  • It has nothing to do with my state of mind at the time or any tendency to lachrymosity.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'like tears; liable to exude in drops'): from Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima 'tear'.

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Syllabification: lach·ry·mose

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