mourning

Definitions

  • 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
    • adj mourning sorrowful through loss or deprivation "bereft of hope"
    • n mourning the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
    • n mourning state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

M MOURNED FOR IT M MOURNED FOR IT
MOURNING DOVE MOURNING DOVE
LAYING OUT AND MOURNING THE DEAD LAYING OUT AND MOURNING THE DEAD
Text: RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED TO A MOURNFUL AIR Text: RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED TO A MOURNFUL AIR

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
    • Mourning Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing; as, mourning garments; a mourning ring; a mourning pin, and the like.
    • Mourning Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black. "The houses to their tops with black were spread,
      And ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid."
    • Mourning Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.
    • Mourning The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.
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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.
    • n mourning The act of lamenting or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.
    • n mourning The outward tokens or signs of sorrow for the dead, such as the draping of buildings in giving expression to public sorrow, the wearing of garments of a particular color, the use of black-bordered handkerchiefs, black-edged writing-paper and visiting-cards, etc. The color customarily worn on such occasions differs at different times and in different countries: in China and Japan, for instance, white is the mourning color, and basted un-hemmed garments the style. At present in Europe and America the customary color is black, or black slightly relieved with white or purple, black crape playing an important part especially in the mourning worn by women. Sometimes a distinctive garment, such as the widow's cap, is added.
    • mourning Having to do with mourning for the dead; of such kind as is used in mourning for the dead: as, a mourning garment; a mourning hat-band.
    • n mourning See mourn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mourning grieving: lamenting
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Quotations

  • William Wordsworth
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    “The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.”
  • Anna Letitia Barbauld
    Anna Letitia Barbauld
    “When one by one our ties are torn, and friend from friend is snatched forlorn; When man is left alone to mourn, oh! then how sweet it is to die!”
  • C. S. Lewis
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    “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn'”
  • Grannville
    Grannville
    “In private grief with careless scorn. In public seem to triumph and not to mourn.”
  • Bible
    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
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    “Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. murnung,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. murnan, meornan; Old High Ger. mornēn, to grieve.

Usage

In literature:

I beseech ye, my good friends, proceeded she, mourn not for one who mourns not, nor has cause to mourn, for herself.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
MOURNING AMID THE RUINS OF AN ANCIENT CHURCH.
"The Poets and Poetry of Cecil County, Maryland" by Various
There was something mournful in its extinction.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
HOW THE SAID LOVE-SIN WAS REPENTED OF AND LED TO GREAT MOURNING.
"Droll Stories, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Both mother and daughter still wore deep mourning.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
My little son, who is the only one left me, also mourns.
"Blackfeet Indian Stories" by George Bird Grinnell
There was no mention of the child, nothing but an infinitely mournful and tender farewell.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
He was mournful and serious.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
The peal was loud, rather harsh at first, then softened to a mourn, wild, lonely, haunting.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Of course, all gaieties are ended, and court mourning ordered for three weeks.
"The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912" by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
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In poetry:

Dead too thy trilling song,
Dead in thy grief;
Not e'en a saddened song
Mourns for the leaf.
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
Yet wears thy Tiber's shore
A mournful mien:
Rome, Rome! thou art no more
As thou hast been!
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"Summer has passed away,
With every smiling scene,
And nature in decay
Assumes a mournful mien.
"To A Flower" by Margaret Davidson
Mourn ye your brothers slain,
That now afar
From hush and dews and star
Man barters for his gain?
"Beneath the Redwoods" by George Sterling
The Sons of the Gael
Are in exile and mourning,
Worn, weary, and pale
As spent pilgrims returning;
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
Red fangs have torn His face.
God's blood is shed.
He mourns from His lone place
His children dead.
"On Receiving News of the War" by Isaac Rosenberg

In news:

Riley, Mourning appear dazed in roaring OKC crowd.
Aurora community mourns lives lost in rampage.
KNOXVILLE — Friends and co-workers of a 20-year-old Lenoir City man are mourning his death today after he fell 35 feet from an upper level at the Georgia Dome during the University of Tennessee-North Carolina State football game Friday night.
Hugo Cuem mourning his brother-in-law Eugene Contrubis, who drowned in his Staten Island home.
Joan Didion Mourns Her Daughter.
American Theater Company's The Amish Project and Remy Bumppo's Mourning Becomes Electra .
The Amish Project, Mourning Becomes Electra reviewed.
Scene from Remy Bumppo's production of "Mourning Becomes Electra ".
Learning to mourn with Susan Howe, Gertrude Schnackenberg, Anne Carson and C.D.
I am in mourning for a dear friend and a great teacher to me, Larry Gibson.
Powwow serves as time for mourning and celebration.
Thousands mourn slain Mount Rainier ranger.
People gather at the scene of an early-morning crash on Boston Road in Lorain County, Ohio to pay their respects and mourn three teens who died there, Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Queen Victoria 's 40 years of mourning Albert.
Family and friends are mourning after two young people were found murdered in a Northeast Albuquerque home.
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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
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