One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Funereal; sepulchral; subdued.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Birnie (1563–1619), Church of Scotland minister. From classical Latin nec-, nex death (cognate with ancient Greek νέκρος: see necro-) + -ial.
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