1. Given to shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful.
2. Causing or tending to cause tears.
At the farewell party on the boat, Joyce was surrounded by a lachrymose family.
--Edna O'Brien, "She Was the Other Ireland," [?]New York Times, June 19, 1988
I promise to do my best, and if at any time my resolution lapses, pen me a few fierce vitriolic words and you shall receive by the next post a lachrymose & abject apology in my most emotional hand writing.
--Rupert Brooke, letter to James Strachey, July 7, 1905
The game is perpetuated by the sons in a sometimes vicious sibling rivalry that inevitably subsides into lachrymose reconciliation.
--Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb, [?]O'Neill: Life With Monte Cristo
Meanwhile, a lachrymose new waltz, "After The Ball Is Over," was sweeping the nation.
--Benjamin Welles, [?]Sumner Welles: FDR's Global Strategist
Lachrymose is from Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima, "tear."