• K kept it. L longed for it. M mourned for it
    K kept it. L longed for it. M mourned for it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mourn feel sadness "She is mourning her dead child"
    • v mourn observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
    • Mourn To express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or sadness. "Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her."
    • Mourn To grieve for; to lament; to deplore; to bemoan; to bewail. "As if he mourned his rival's ill success.""And looking over the hills, I mourn The darling who shall not return."
    • Mourn To utter in a mournful manner or voice. "The lovelorn nightingale
      Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well."
    • Mourn To wear the customary garb of a mourner. "We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood?""Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.
    • mourn To express grief or sorrow; grieve; be sorrowful; lament.
    • mourn To display the appearance of grief; wear the customary habiliments of sorrow.
    • mourn Synonyms Grieve, etc. See lament, v. i.
    • mourn To grieve for; lament; bewail; deplore.
    • mourn To convey or express grief for.
    • mourn Sorrowful.
    • n mourn Sorrow.
    • mourn To have a kind of malignant glanders: said of a horse, and allusively of persons, in the phrase to mourn of the chine or mourning of the chine. Compare to mose in the chine (under mose), and see mourner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Mourn mōrn to grieve: to be sorrowful: to wear mourning
    • v.t Mourn to grieve for: to utter in a sorrowful manner
    • n Mourn the act of expressing grief: the dress of mourners, or other tokens of mourning
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  • William Wordsworth
    “The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn'”
  • Grannville
    “In private grief with careless scorn. In public seem to triumph and not to mourn.”
  • Bible
    “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, while the heart of the fool is in the house of entertainment.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Men mourn for what they have lost; women for what they ain't got.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. murnan,; akin to OS. mornian, OHG. mornen, Goth. maúrnan,


In literature:

Odysseus in the meantime sat by the shore mourning and gazing out upon the sea.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
They had lived together a long lifetime, and he mourned for her many days.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
The piece opened with a quiet rhythmical, mournful movement, which suddenly changed to a raging presto.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Black is used for mourning.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The neighbourhood all mourned Mr. Charlecote as a personal loss, and could hardly help regarding any successor as their enemy.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The sisters mourned as young hearts can mourn, and were especially grieved at the sight of their parents' sorrow.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Do you believe in mourning?
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Western Pennsylvania is in mourning.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Therefore with grateful heart I mourn thee dead.
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
She was gone; Apollo mourned for his madness in chasing thus the free maiden.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy

In poetry:

I mourn no more my vanished years
Beneath a tender rain,
An April rain of smiles and tears,
My heart is young again.
"My Psalm" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The river Dorman roll'd their blood
Into the northern sea;
Who mourn'd his sons, and overwhelm'd
The pleasant south country.
"Gwin King of Norway" by William Blake
She mourns that tender hearts should bend
Before a meaner shrine,
And upon Saint or Angel spend
The love that should be thine.
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
Thou knowest she will; and thou mayst mourn
That WE are left below:
But not that she can ne'er return
To share our earthly woe.
"Encouragement" by Emily Jane Bronte
"As o'er thy sweet unconscious face
A mournful watch I keep,
I think, didst thou but know thy fate,
How thou wouldst also weep.
"Version Of A Fragment Of Simonides" by William Cullen Bryant
A mournful song was ever on
The lips that it were death to kiss,
A song for those who died as died
The brave at ancient Salamis.
"At Key's Grave" by Folger McKinsey

In news:

The members of Def Leppard are mourning the passing of their friend and sometime collaborator Dick Decent, who had played with the band live as well as in a side group with Joe Elliot and Phil Collen.
Some New York Knick fans are mourning the loss of fan favorite Jermey Lin.
South Koreans in Seoul have attached mourning messages to photographs of the 46 sailors killed when their ship sank in March.
Family members mourned victims of a suicide bomb attack on Data Ganj Baksh, an important Sufi shrine in Lahore , Pakistan, on Thursday night.
The local Nigerian community mourns Oladimeji Oladipo.
Students mourn lecturer killed on bike.
Legal community mourns death of Williams.
Ben didn't shed a tear, but he DID wear a black t-shirt in honor of the mournful occasion.
SPRINGVILLE, Utah – The direct response industry is mourning the death of one its greatest pioneers: Hal Wing, the founder of Wing Enterprises and the creator of the Little Giant Ladder system.
Death of 'Everyone's little sister ' mourned.
On Sunday, the Utica City School community began the mourning process of the loss of one of their teachers, Catherine Koestner.
Mathematicians and math enthusiasts are mourning the loss of William P Thurston, who had a special place in the profession.
Videos Hundreds mourned Larry King at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Port Hueneme.
Thousands of Ethiopians gather in a street to mourn as the body of Meles Zenawi arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday, Aug 22.
Hamilton County mourns fall of landmark courthouse tree.

In science:

They had more time left to mourn and ponder over the disability and their bleak future and felt insecure.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
We mourn the loss of Peter Carruthers and dedicate this work to him.
Analytical solution for multivariate statistics in random multiplicative cascades
Marshall Field disappeared into Macy’s this year and will be mourned by all who remember The Imperturbability of Elevator Operators by S.
Astrophysics in 2006
Kenyans are observing a national day of mourning in honor of the 215 people who died there.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
For instance, in Figure 9, quotes from US officials (third and fifth sentences) are split, and sentences about the mourning (first and sixth sentences) appear too far apart in the summary.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization