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Middle French funerail, from Latin funereus +‎ -al.



funereal (comparative more funereal, superlative most funereal)

  1. Of or relating to a funeral.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 12:
      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, Goerge RR 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 a funeral, such as dignified or solemn.
    • 1900, William Beckford, The History of the Caliph Vathek[1], page 171:
      "A funereal gloom prevailed over the whole scene."