1. state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one;
[syn: mourning, bereavement]
2. the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief;
[syn: lamentation, mourning]
1. sorrowful through loss or deprivation;
- Example: "bereft of hope"
[syn: bereaved, bereft, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning(a), sorrowing(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mourning \Mourn"ing\, n. [AS. murnung.] 1. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow. [1913 Webster] 2. Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black. [1913 Webster] The houses to their tops with black were spread, And ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Deep mourning. See under Deep. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mourn \Mourn\ (m[=o]rn), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Mourned (m[=o]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Mourning.] [AS. murnan; akin to OS. mornian, OHG. mornen, Goth. ma['u]rnan.] 1. To express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or sadness. [1913 Webster] Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her. --Gen. xxiii. 2. [1913 Webster] 2. To wear the customary garb of a mourner. [1913 Webster] We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year. --Pope. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mourning \Mourn"ing\, a. 1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Mourning bride (Bot.), a garden flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea) with dark purple or crimson flowers in flattened heads. Mourning dove (Zool.), a wild dove (Zenaidura macroura) found throughout the United States; -- so named from its plaintive note. Called also Carolina dove. See Illust. under Dove. Mourning warbler (Zool.), 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. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
mourning adj 1: sorrowful through loss or deprivation; "bereft of hope" [syn: bereaved, bereft, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning(a), sorrowing(a)] n 1: state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one [syn: mourning, bereavement] 2: the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief [syn: lamentation, mourning]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "mourning": anguish, bemoaning, bereavement, bewailing, black, crape, cypress, cypress lawn, deep mourning, desolation, despair, despondency, grief, grieving, heartache, howling, in mourning, keening, lament, lamentation, lamenting, loss, melancholy, misery, moaning, mourning band, sackcloth, sackcloth and ashes, sadness, sorrow, sorrowing, ululation, wailing, weeds, weeping, woe, woefulness, yewBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
MOURNING. This word has several significations. 1. It is the apparel worn at funerals, and for a time afterwards, in order to manifest grief for the death of some one, and to honor his memory. 2. The expenses paid for such apparel. 2. It has been held in England, that a demand for mourning furnished to the widow and family of the testator, is not a funeral expense. 2 Carr. & P. 207. Vide 14 Ves. 346; 1 Ves. & Bea. 364. See 2 Bell's Comm. 156.