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widowhood

[wid-oh-hoo d] /ˈwɪd oʊˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state or a period of being a widow or, sometimes, a widower.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English wid(e)wehood, Old English widuwanhād, equivalent to widuwan, genitive singular of widuwe widow + -hād -hood
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  • Five of us have survived our husbands and the grief and trials of widowhood.
  • One-sixth of families in the world are affected by widowhood.
  • Her voice was deep and friendly, with a slight sound of widowhood in it.
  • Still, after several years of her widowhood he won't declare himself to her.
  • widowhood came suddenly, as did the professional challenges.
  • As the photo here shows, even the timing of golf widowhood has been speeded up.
  • Of course, that increases the likelihood of early widowhood and financial hardship.

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