• Tearful or given to weeping.
  • Inducing tears; sad.

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Example Sentences

“Watching romantic movies always makes her lachrymose.”

“Bring your tissues, because I’ve heard it’s a lachrymose play.”

“I thought this was going to be a lachrymose visit, but we’ve made more good memories.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-17th century

Why this word?

Shed a tear for this adjective. “Lachrymose” comes from the Latin word for “tear,” “lacrima.” You can use it to describe anything that causes tears, or for someone who is just plain weepy. “Lachrymose” also has a scientific cousin, “lacrimal.” While “lachrymose” applies to tears of the emotional variety, “lacrimal” is used in the medical sense — the lacrimal glands produce tears.

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