Definition of lacrimae rerum in English:

lacrimae rerum

(also lachrymae rerum, lacrymae rerum)

Pronunciation /ˌlakrɪmʌɪ ˈrɛːrʊm/

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  • With the. Tears shed for human sorrows; the sadness of life.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Lamb (1775–1834), essayist. From classical Latin lacrimae rērum (Virgil Aeneid 1. 462) from lacrimae, plural of lacrima tear + rērum, plural of rēs thing.