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lachrymose

lach·ry·mose

lachrymose

 
 
pronunciation:
lae kr mos
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: weeping, tending to weep readily, or being on the point of tears; tearful.
The child's lachrymose expression made me take pity on her.
antonyms:
risible
similar words:
tearful
definition 2: causing or likely to cause weeping; sorrowful.
The story of those years of war is a lachrymose one.
antonyms:
comic, risible
derivations: lachrymosely (adv.), lachrymosity (n.)
Word Parts
The word lachrymose contains the following parts:
lachrym Greek root that means tears
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-ose1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means having many or much of; tending toward
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Adjectives ending in -ose1 were borrowed as whole words from Latin, where the suffix was -osus. The suffix -ose1 is therefore always attached to a bound Latin root. Most adjectives ending in -ose1 have a corresponding noun form ending in -ity (verbose : verbosity). See -osity.