funereal funereal

Definition(s):

  • (adj) suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial

Usage(s):

  1. After even a dozen hearings, the music became more a hex than a vex, its funereal tune permanently etched in everyone's ear.
  2. His death did not have the stuff of grandeur, like that of his grandfather Meiji, whose funereal cannonades moved the great novelist Soseki Natsume to announce the end of his era.
  3. The mood on both occasions was funereal; it might have been touching to see two such buttoned-up guys welling with tears if the corpses weren't their political careers.

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Quotes

  1. "That speech was funereal," Mr Turnbull said. "You can't do that again. You have to sound like the coach at half-time talking to a grand final team. You've got to toughen up."
    on Dec 3, 2007 By: Malcolm Turnbull Source: NEWS.com.au

  2. The country is "rotting away at a funereal pace," Vidal said, predicting that we'll "have a military dictatorship fairly soon, on the basis that nobody else can hold everything together."
    on Oct 11, 2009 By: Gore Vidal Source: ToTheCenter.com (blog)

  3. Bill Keller, the executive editor of the Times, said recently in a speech in London, "At places where editors and publishers gather, the mood these days is funereal. Editors ask one another, 'How are you?,' in that sober tone one employs with...
    on Mar 23, 2008 By: Bill Keller Source: New Yorker

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