Definitions

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  • adj. Causing death or disaster; fatal, catastrophic; deplorable, lamentable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lamentable; doleful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing or boding death; ill-boding; hence, lamentable; mournful: as, “funest and direful deaths,”

Etymologies

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From French funeste, from Latin fūnestus, from fūnus ("funeral; death").

Examples

  • In the adoption of this word 'funest' into the English language by

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • And I bet, you know what, you'll probably have a lot of questions about this because there's no question everybody has to deal with it at some point, just not the funest thing to think about for sure.

    CNN Transcript Oct 30, 2006

  • Thus as he came to the home funest, his roof-tree paternal,

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus

  • Whether all this be but a dream, I cannot tell, but it was haply from these lugubrous effects, that garlands of _taxus_ were usually carried at funerals, as Statius implies in _Epicedium vernae_: However, to prevent all funest accidents, I commend the tree only for the usefulness of the timber, and hortulan ornament.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) Or A Discourse of Forest Trees

  • Uploaded: 2010-08-04 crazy days at davids farm beach, bus diving board too. lots of redneck action and women at canadas funest private beach. only in canada EH!

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  • The second third of the first third of our lives is usually considered the funest.

    Webster Blog

  • Summer Reading is one of the 'mostest funest' events at the library, and it has just begun.

    WN.com - Business News

  • i think the funest hunting trip was my first pheasent it wasnt that big but it was kinda cool because that was the first time i actually put meat on the table on my own. fishing was probably a catfish that was the biggest fish i ever caught

    what is the most fun that you had eather hunting or fishing.

  • the scene which led to such funest consequences, as well as to the corrigendum

    The Best American Poetry 2008

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  • ...an ivory pale, dark-haired funest beauty, whom the author transformed just in time into a third bromidic dummy with a dun bun.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 3, 2008

  • This reminds me of the non-word "funnest," except are evil and death most fun?

    May 16, 2008

  • portending death or evil

    Nabokov,Ada

    November 9, 2007