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[loo-goo-bree-uh s, -gyoo-] /lʊˈgu bri əs, -ˈgyu-/

mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner:
lugubrious songs of lost love.
excessively mournful; doleful

c.1600, from Latin lugubris “mournful, pertaining to mourning,” from lugere “to mourn,” from PIE root *leug- “to break; to cause pain” (cf. Greek lygros “mournful, sad,” Sanskrit rujati “breaks, torments,” Lettish lauzit “to break the heart”). Related: Lugubriously; lugubriousness.


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