One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having the mournful, sombre character appropriate to a funeral; funereal.
solemn, sombre, grave, seriousView synonyms
- ‘There is certainly an air of book-making about the publication; which is not lessened by the funebrial verses that it contains.’
- ‘I believe they are funebrial structures.’
- ‘Their funebrial garlands had little of beauty in them besides roses.’
- ‘A short time before his death he dressed himself in that funebrial habit, and shutting his eyes like a departed person, was drawn in that attitude by a skilful painter.’
- ‘Human skeletal remains were abundant, and those of 200 individuals, together with their rich funebrial offerings, were removed for anthropological study at Otago University.’
Late 16th century: from Latin funebris (from funus ‘funeral’) + -al.
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