Weekly Word: Lachrymose

It’s that time of week again where I share a word that I find interesting.

This week’s Weekly Word is: lachrymose

Part of Speech



lach·​ry·​mose | \ ˈla-krə-ˌmōs 

Related Words

  • lachrymosely adverb
  • lachrymosity noun


  1. tearful; given to weeping
  2. tending to cause tears; sad

Word Origin

First recorded use, 1727 (in the sense ‘like tears; liable to exude in drops’): from Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima ‘tear’.


  1. blubbering, blue, crying, close to tears, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, down in the dumps, down in the mouth, dolorous, emotional, forlorn, grief-stricken, gloomy, glum, joyless, larmoyant, low, low-spirited, lugubrious, melancholy, morose, maudlin, miserable, mournful, on the verge of tears, sad, snivelling, sobbing, sorrowful, tearful, teary, teary-eyed, unhappy, weeping, weepy, whimpering, with tears in one’s eyes, woeful
  2. depressing, heart-rending, mawkish, melancholy, moving, plaintive, poignant, sad, sentimental, soppy, tear- jerking, tragic


  1. cheerful, happy, jolly, laughing,
  2. cheery, comic, comical

Use the Word

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She had always liked listening to music that could be best described as lachrymose. If it brought tears to her eyes, then she liked to lose herself in the mournful melody and lyrics. Being able to weep for the troubles of someone other than herself allowed her to forget about her own sorrows, at least for a short time. If other people thought her to be lachrymose, and of a mournful disposition, then so be it. Other people’s opinions really didn’t matter to her. And besides, lachrymosity wasn’t a crime, was it?

If you would like to join in with this activity in any way, feel free to do so. You could either share a Weekly Word of your own – this week beginning with the letter L – or you could use my word, or Millie Thom’s, as inspiration for a post. This could be a piece of poetry, flash fiction, or any form of prose you choose. Just share a link in the comments so we can see what you’ve been up to!

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