Lugubrious vs Dreary - What's the difference?

lugubrious | dreary |

As adjectives the difference between lugubrious and dreary

is that lugubrious is gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree while dreary is (obsolete) grievous, dire; appalling.




(en adjective)
  • gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.
  • The poor lighting and sparse maintenance, plus the rarefied traffic on its wide boulevards, made the effect of Pyongyang on the tourist distinctly lugubrious .
    His client's lugubrious expression tipped off the detective that something lurked beneath her optimistic words.




  • (obsolete) Grievous, dire; appalling.
  • Drab; dark, colorless, or cheerless.
  • It had rained for three days straight, and the dreary weather dragged the townspeople's spirits down.
    Once upon a midnight dreary , while I pondered, weak and weary...
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  • It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils.