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mourning

[mawr-ning, mohr-] /ˈmɔr nɪŋ, ˈmoʊr-/
noun
1.
the act of a person who mourns; sorrowing or lamentation.
2.
the conventional manifestation of sorrow for a person's death, especially by the wearing of black clothes or a black armband, the hanging of flags at half-mast, etc.
3.
the outward symbols of such sorrow, as black garments.
4.
the period or interval during which a person grieves or formally expresses grief, as by wearing black garments.
adjective
5.
of, pertaining to, or used in mourning.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (noun, adj.); Old English murnung (noun). See mourn, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
mourningly, adverb
unmourning, adjective
Antonyms
1. rejoicing.
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British Dictionary definitions for mourningly

mourning

/ˈmɔːnɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or feelings of one who mourns; grief
2.
the conventional symbols of grief, such as the wearing of black
3.
the period of time during which a death is officially mourned
4.
in mourning, observing the conventions of mourning
adjective
5.
of or relating to mourning
Derived Forms
mourningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mourningly

mourning

n.

Old English murnung "complaint, grief," verbal noun from mourn (v.).

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Encyclopedia Article for mourningly

mourning

formal demonstration of grief at the death of a person, practiced in most societies. Mourners are usually relatives, although they may be friends or members of the community. Mourning rites, which are of varying duration and rationale, usually weigh more heavily on women than on men. Mourners may deny themselves certain amusement, ornaments, or food. They may practice sexual continence or keep vigil over the body of the deceased. Changes in garb, such as black robes, and alterations in hairstyle may distinguish mourners, but such evidences of mourning have declined in many societies.

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