Definition of Mourning

1. Noun. State of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one.

Exact synonyms: Bereavement
Generic synonyms: Sadness, Sorrow, Sorrowfulness
Derivative terms: Bereave, Mourn



2. Adjective. Sorrowful through loss or deprivation. "Bereft of hope"
Exact synonyms: Bereaved, Bereft, Grief-stricken, Grieving, Sorrowing
Similar to: Sorrowful

3. Noun. The passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief.
Exact synonyms: Lamentation
Generic synonyms: Activity, Expression, Manifestation, Reflection, Reflexion
Derivative terms: Lament

Definition of Mourning

1. n. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.

2. a. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.

Definition of Mourning

1. Verb. (present participle of mourn) ¹

2. Noun. The act of expressing or feeling sorrow or regret; lamentation. ¹

3. Noun. Feeling or expressing sorrow over someone's death. ¹

4. Noun. The traditional clothes worn by those who mourn (in Western societies, typically coloured black). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mourning

1. an outward sign of grief [n -S]

Medical Definition of Mourning

1. 1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting. 2. 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 bride, an American ground warbler (Geothlypis Philadelphia). The male has the head, neck, and chest, deep ash-gray, mixed with black on the throat and chest; other lower parts are pure yellow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mourning

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mourning (current term)
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Literary usage of Mourning

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Sacred Books of China: The Texts of Confucianism by James Legge (1899)
"The Master said, ' When a filial son is mourning for a parent, he wails, ... The period of mourning does not go beyond three years, to show the people that ..."

2. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Sky-blue, to express the assured hope that the deceased has gone to heaven, is the mourning of Syria, Cappadocia, and Armenia. Deep bine in Bokhara. ..."

3. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"In " Sackcloth and Ashes " — The Mark of God's Displeasure — Parental Anguish — The Death of a Son — A Warrior's Tearless Eyes — Real Griff— mourning for a ..."

4. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"Tender-conscience arrives at a place inhere stand the House of mourning, and the House of Mirth—His entertainment at the House of mourning—He is in imminent ..."

5. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1892)
"To Sir Henry Goodricke, knight and Barr', and to his now lady, my niece, twenty pounds apiece to buy them mourning, and moreover I give unto his said lady, ..."

6. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"940 Flie houses to their tops with black were spread, Vnd ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid. The right side of the pall old . ..."

7. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"The signs of mourning were carried also in the clothing. ... An important part was played in the mourning for the dead by the dirge or elegy, ..."

8. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"mourning Dove (Zenaidura macroura carolinensis) in Northern Michigan.—For a number of years we have had reports of a few mourning Doves nesting on Drummond ..."

9. The Sacred Books of China: The Texts of Confucianism by James Legge (1899)
"The Master said, ' When a filial son is mourning for a parent, he wails, ... The period of mourning does not go beyond three years, to show the people that ..."

10. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"Sky-blue, to express the assured hope that the deceased has gone to heaven, is the mourning of Syria, Cappadocia, and Armenia. Deep bine in Bokhara. ..."

11. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1884)
"In " Sackcloth and Ashes " — The Mark of God's Displeasure — Parental Anguish — The Death of a Son — A Warrior's Tearless Eyes — Real Griff— mourning for a ..."

12. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"Tender-conscience arrives at a place inhere stand the House of mourning, and the House of Mirth—His entertainment at the House of mourning—He is in imminent ..."

13. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1892)
"To Sir Henry Goodricke, knight and Barr', and to his now lady, my niece, twenty pounds apiece to buy them mourning, and moreover I give unto his said lady, ..."

14. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"940 Flie houses to their tops with black were spread, Vnd ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid. The right side of the pall old . ..."

15. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"The signs of mourning were carried also in the clothing. ... An important part was played in the mourning for the dead by the dirge or elegy, ..."

16. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"mourning Dove (Zenaidura macroura carolinensis) in Northern Michigan.—For a number of years we have had reports of a few mourning Doves nesting on Drummond ..."

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