I'm looking for an adjective to describe a basement which is dark, cave like, and claustrophobic.

Is there a word that I can use which comes close to give the feeling of those three words?

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    Tenebrous, perhaps?
    – Void
    Nov 14, 2020 at 19:03
  • Gloomy, perhaps but that lacks the third requirement. Nov 14, 2020 at 19:41
  • Caliginous, perhaps? But similar to Weather Vane's suggestion, it lacks the third property. Nov 14, 2020 at 21:04

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I propose sepulchral. Lexico has


1 Relating to a tomb or interment.
1.1 Gloomy; dismal.

A dark and stuffy cellar might have the atmosphere of an underground tomb.

The walls seemed to press in on us as we descended into the sepulphral basement.

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