Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a burial vault or a receptacle for sacred relics.
  • adj. Suggestive of the grave; funereal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suggestive of a grave
  • adj. Hollow and deep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to burial, to the grave, or to monuments erected to the memory of the dead
  • adj. Unnaturally low and grave; hollow in tone; -- said of sound, especially of the voice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a sepulcher or tomb; connected with burial or the grave; erected on a grave or to the memory of the dead: as, a sepulchral stone or statue.
  • Suggestive of a sepulcher or tomb.
  • Gloomy; funereal; solemn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to a sepulchre
  • adj. gruesomely indicative of death or the dead
  • adj. suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial

Etymologies

From Latin sepulcralis (Wiktionary)

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  • From p. 11 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    The recitation had now changed from Latin to French, delivered in the same sepulchral, and, to me, largely unintelligible, monotone.

    January 21, 2014


  • Next, listen to the "St. Anne" fugue by Bach (BWV 552). It's a triple fugue, where the first strain is God, the second is Jesus, and the third is the Holy Spirit. The second strain represents Jesus' incarnation on earth and is for manuals alone, without the sepulchral pedal tones. For a great article on it, see http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=17-08-014-v which discusses the connection between the music and the views of Arius and St. Athanasius.

    Facebook posting by Evan Klein at 11:18pm June 2

    June 5, 2009

  • "Some thought the vessel could not live through the night, and it seemed less dreadful to stand out in the midst of the wild tempest and see the peril that threatened than to be shut up in the sepulchral cabins, under the dim lamps, and imagine the horrors that were abroad on the ocean." IO, in Ch. 7, "Gibraltor."

    December 7, 2008