Adjective "funereal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having the mournful, sombre character appropriate to a funeral.
  1. 'When we got together I suggested it needed some New Orleans funeral music, half tongue-in-cheek, because their music is, well, you might say on the funereal side and they thought that was just ideal.'
  2. 'His work was a flaming call to arms; hers is resigned, melancholy, even funereal.'
  3. 'This is primarily a period piece and, as you might expect from the elegiac nature of the film, the pace is appropriately funereal.'
  4. 'Jarmusch directs with a deadpan tone throughout, always at a slow, sometimes funereal pace, his humour full of whimsy and subversion but prone to moments of idiosyncrasy that slip towards pretension.'
  5. 'As they moved at a suitably funereal pace towards the church, you could see that, even though they were incredibly smart, almost nobody looked exactly respectable.'
  6. 'Suspended from a rod placed a little above eye level and by large heavy-looking rings, the curtain has a solemn, almost funereal effect.'
  7. 'Much like a requiem, the mood is mournful, even funereal, and the work includes passages one could label classical and minimalist.'
  8. 'It is a kind of living death; sitting in the auditorium and trying to affix your attention to the funereal pageant of dully unrewarding scenes and images is like having a kilo of wet cement injected into your skull.'
  9. 'The result could add up to a big bore, especially as director James Ivory refused to move things along at anything other than a funereal pace.'
  10. 'Other than some rather funereal markers on the courthouse lawn commemorating war dead, the Little Town had - still has - a complete art deficit.'


1. of or suitable for a funeral.

2. mournful; gloomy; dismal: a funereal aloofness that was quite chilling.

More examples(as adjective)

"paces can be funereal."

"musics can be funereal."

"atmospheres can be funereal."

"versions can be funereal."

"tones can be funereal."

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Early 18th century: from Latin funereus (from funus, funer- ‘funeral’) + -al.