Lugubrious vs Imbued - What's the difference?

lugubrious | imbued |


As an adjective lugubrious

is gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.

As a verb imbued is

(imbue).

lugubrious

English

Adjective

(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.

    imbued

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (imbue)

  • imbue

    English

    Verb

    (imbu)
  • (transitive): To wet or stain an object completely with some physical quality.
  • The shirt was imbued with his scent.
  • In general, to act in a way which results in an object becoming completely permeated or impregnated by some quality.
  • The entire text is imbued with the sense of melancholy and hopelessness.

    Usage notes

    * Imbue takes meaning from the word imbibe, which means "to absorb or to be filled with".