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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 of widowhood
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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  • They generally granted outdoor relief to widows for the first few weeks of their widowhood, and were often driven to extend it.

  • But if he loved her he would have mentioned her with affection, if only to console her in her widowhood.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Her year and a half of widowhood had been one long-continued period of quiet ecstasy.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • They pitied the bereavement to which widowhood in the most cruel of forms was now added.

  • The ten months' widowhood insisted on by the law had now elapsed some few days since.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • In the first year of her widowhood she had first met Langham; she was then twenty-one.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • "There are worse fates than widowhood for war brides," he said, brutally.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • Do we not all know of women who in widowhood take care of their families?

  • After a widowhood of some years she had been induced to marry again.

    Memoir of Jane Austen James Edward Austen-Leigh

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