Wednesday Wordage – Lugubrious


Say: Lu-gu-bri-ous

I first came across this word when reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Which I’ll most likely do a review of (If you’ve never read Neil Gaiman, give his work a try, you never know you might like it!)

It simply means to be full of sadness or sorrow, very sad especially in an exaggerated or insincere way.

First known use: 1585

Some synonyms include: Mournful, Sepulchral and Melancholic.

His patriarchy often seemed lugubrious ; he would often have tears in his eyes when elucidating all my failings.

Richard Elman, Namedropping: Mostly Literary Memoirs

Oh yes, he says, and his lugubrious  expression suggests that the loss afflicts him still.

Mary Riddell,  New Statesman  , September 19, 1997

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