sepulchral

Something that reminds you of death is sepulchral. A dreary, misty graveyard at night usually feels sepulchral.

A sepulchre is a tomb or a crypt — a kind of stone room meant for burying a dead body. Something that's sepulchral reminds you of a sepulchre, either because it looks or feels like an actual tomb, or simply because it makes you think of death or dying. An empty building might be sepulchral, or a gloomy gathering. The Latin root word is sepelire, "to bury or embalm."

Definitions of sepulchral
  1. adjective
    of or relating to a sepulcher
    sepulchral inscriptions”
    sepulchral monuments in churches”
  2. adjective
    suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial
    “hollow sepulchral tones”
    synonyms: funereal
    joyless
    not experiencing or inspiring joy
  3. adjective
    gruesomely indicative of death or the dead
    “the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs”
    synonyms: charnel, ghastly
    offensive
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
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