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From Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus +‎ -al.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /fjuːˈnɪəɹɪ.əl/
  • (file)


funereal (comparative more funereal, superlative most funereal)

  1. Of or relating to a funeral.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[[Episode 12]]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      From the belfries far and near the funereal deathbell tolled unceasingly while all around the gloomy precincts rolled the ominous warning of a hundred muffled drums punctuated by the hollow booming of pieces of ordnance.
    • 2000, George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords, Bantam 2011, p. 474:
      Seven were chosen to push the funereal boat to the water, in honor of the seven faces of god.
  2. Similar to or befitting the mood or elements of a funeral: slow; black colors; formal; dignified or solemn.
    • 1900, William Beckford, The History of the Caliph Vathek[1], page 171:
      "A funereal gloom prevailed over the whole scene."
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 6:
      There was something menacing and uncomfortable in the funereal stillness, in the muffled, subtle trickle of distant brooks, and in the crowding green peaks and black-wooded precipices that choked the narrow horizon.