Sepulchral Se*pul"chral, a. [L. sepulcralis: cf. F. s['e]pulcral.] 1. Of or pertaining to burial, to the grave, or to monuments erected to the memory of the dead; as, a sepulchral stone; a sepulchral inscription. [1913 Webster]

2. Unnaturally low and grave; hollow in tone; -- said of sound, especially of the voice. [1913 Webster]

This exaggerated dulling of the voice . . . giving what is commonly called a sepulchral tone. --H. Sweet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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