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It’s hard to say "No" to that lugubrious hound-dog face.
  excessively mournful
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  • It’s hard to say "No" to that lugubrious hound-dog face.
  • Presently a dog set up a long, lugubrious howl just outside...
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer
  • After decades of lugubrious decline, ...
  • It is a lugubrious film punctuated with emotional carnage.

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  • Derby now came to lugubrious attention.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • He shook his head lugubriously.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He knew, as did everyone else, about the forthcoming marriage, but it was news to him that Anne was one of us, and he received it lugubriously.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • In the last act it is important to remove from the picture of the seated dead any suggestion of the morbid or lugubrious.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • "As I sit here and breathe, I never thought the good God would let me live to see someone walk into the middle of a revolution, pull a lugubrious face, and say, ’What’s the matter?’
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The bow is so old, its horsehair is glue
    Sent to the factory, just like me and like you
    So how come they stayed your execution?
    The audience roars its standing ovation
    When the lights come up after the concert, I feel drained, lugubrious, as though my blood has been secreted out of me and replaced with tar.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • I was so startled that I forgot about the gas mask, with its elephantine snout and goggle eyes; and when I tried to greet these strangers my voice, filtered through two inches of charcoal and a foot of rubber pipe, had the muffled and lugubrious quality of wind blowing through a tomb — an effect which filled the Eskimos with consternation.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Marie-Laure thinks of Hubert Bazin’s stories: lugubrious monsters made of sea foam, mermaids with fishy private parts, the romance of English sieges.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The steam expired with a little hiss and Morris Fink regarded me with his lugubrious lackluster eyes.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Truly they are," murmured the count in a lugubrious tone.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Presently a dog set up a long, lugubrious howl just outside—within ten feet of them.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The dogs dashed on, but at the threshold suddenly stopped and snarled, and then, simultaneously lifting their noses, began to howl in most lugubrious fashion.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The honest, pitiless joy of a fanatic in the full flood of his atrocity preserves a certain lugubriously venerable radiance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Then he fell, and lay where he fell, howling lugubriously as the long train of sleds churned by.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • My drunkenness is always sad, and when I am thoroughly drunk my mania is to relate all the lugubrious stories which my foolish nurse inculcated into my brain.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • They were surrounded by men, women, and children, who sang a kind of lugubrious psalm, interrupted at regular intervals by the tambourines and cymbals; while behind them was drawn a car with large wheels, the spokes of which represented serpents entwined with each other.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I hardly know whether I had slept or not after this musing; at any rate, I started wide awake on hearing a vague murmur, peculiar and lugubrious, which sounded, I thought, just above me.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The light of the lamps of the church fell upon an assembly of black clothes and white collars, relieved here and there by tweeds, on dark mottled pillars of green marble and on lugubrious canvases.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He is playing a bass part upon his cello, and so the excitement is nothing to him; no matter what happens in the treble, it is his task to saw out one long-drawn and lugubrious note after another, from four o’clock in the afternoon until nearly the same hour next morning, for his third of the total income of one dollar per hour.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Occasionally he burst out with "Peg in a Lowbacked Car" and other Irish ditties or the more lugubrious lament for Robert Emmet, "She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps."
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Words like: viscous, impunity, paroxysm, unctuous, nefarious, onanistic, perfidious, lugubrious.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Chapter 15 The regiment was standing at order arms at the side of a lane, waiting for the command to march, when suddenly the youth remembered the little packet enwrapped in a faded yellow envelope which the loud young soldier with lugubrious words had intrusted to him.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Sometimes I sing to myself, in my head; something lugubrious, mournful, presbyterian: Amazing grace, bow sweet the sound Could save a wretch like me, Wbo once was lost, but now am found, Was bound, but now am free.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Mrs. Grose lugubriously pleaded.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • In a knot-hole of the garret, that had opened, she had inserted the neck of an old bottle, in such a manner that when there was the least wind, most doleful and lugubrious wailing sounds proceeded from it, which, in a high wind, increased to a perfect shriek, such as to credulous and superstitious ears might easily seem to be that of horror and despair.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • There was a touch of insanity in the proceeding, a sense of lugubrious drollery in the sight; and it was not dissipated by somebody on board assuring me earnestly there was a camp of natives—he called them enemies!
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ROS (lugubriously) : His body was still warm.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Within a few weeks it was lugubriously out of tune.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Still, he hoped rather lugubriously that it would turn out all right.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The lugubrious harmony of the spot with his domestic situation was too perfect for him, impatient of effects scenes, and adumbrations.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Cecil and Lucy turned up at four o’clock, and these, with little Minnie Beebe, made a somewhat lugubrious sextette upon the upper lawn for tea.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • On that day all the inhabitants got up earlier, and the Grande Rue, although full of people, had something lugubrious about it, as if an execution had been expected.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • These feathered people had existed too long in their distinct variety; a fact of which the present representatives, judging by their lugubrious deportment, seemed to be aware.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There was a lugubrious pause.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Their capped heads were seen uncovering one after the other, in the gloom, at the lugubrious question addressed to them by the president in a low voice.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • On the first contact the bones of the girl seemed to become disjointed with a disorderly crunch like the sound of a box of dominoes, and her skin broke out into a pale sweat and her eyes filled with tears as her whole body exhaled a lugubrious lament and a vague smell of mud.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He was lugubrious, silent, morose.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • In hallway and front parlor she was conscious of dinginess and lugubriousness and airlessness, but she insisted, "I’ll make it all jolly."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was a daily fiesta that lasted until dusk, when the naked women marched, singing, toward the bathrooms, asked to borrow soap, toothbrushes, scissors, cut each other’s hair, dressed in borrowed clothes, painted themselves like lugubrious clowns, and went out to hunt the first prey of the night.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Susan uttered the lugubrious discourse three times slowly, and when it was completed the image had considerably diminished.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • She saw him sitting in the corner of some lugubrious place where the smoke attached itself to the red plush seats, and the waitresses got to know you, and he played chess with a little man who was in the tea trade and lived at Surbiton, but that was all Paul knew about him.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • All through the meal Gunch watched them, while Babbitt watched himself being watched and lugubriously tried to keep from spoiling Tanis’s gaiety.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Jammes yelled these words in a tone of unspeakable terror; and her finger pointed, among the crowd of dandies, to a face so pallid, so lugubrious and so ugly, with two such deep black cavities under the straddling eyebrows, that the death’s head in question immediately scored a huge success.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • As for myself, I fear I am doomed to wander the face of the earth alone, like one of Byron’s gloomier and more lugubrious outcasts; though I would be much heartened, my dear fellow, to be able to grasp once more your true friend’s hand.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • On those guarded and lugubrious and even formal occasions when she and the aunt went out to Sutpen’s Hundred to spend the day and the aunt would order her to go and play with her nephew and niece exactly as the aunt might have ordered her to play a piece for company on the piano, she would not see him even at the dinner table because the aunt would have arranged the visit to coincide with his absence; and probably Miss Rosa would have tried to avoid meeting him even if he had beenů
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He was not a great walker, but he strolled about the grounds with his cousin—a pastime for which the weather remained favourable with a persistency not allowed for in Isabel’s somewhat lugubrious prevision of the climate; and in the long afternoons, of which the length was but the measure of her gratified eagerness, they took a boat on the river, the dear little river, as Isabel called it, where the opposite shore seemed still a part of the foreground of the landscape; or drove overů
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
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