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deep mourning

completely black mourning clothes made of a drab material:
After her brother died, she was in deep mourning for a year.
Origin of deep mourning
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was in deep mourning, and looked pale, as if he had suffered much.

  • What was it you said about deep mourning, and being young and beautiful?

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Mrs. Brook, Mrs. Selden, and Nancy were all at church in deep mourning.

  • I passed one winter in Boston; but I was in deep mourning and did not go into society.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It was an elderly lady, of a noble but gloomy exterior, in deep mourning.

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer
  • She found Mr. Bayne in his counting-house, dressed in deep mourning.

  • To men in deep mourning and to the census-bearers he bowed over the cross-bar.

  • Then Capitola dressed herself in Clara's deep mourning robes.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Perrine took a seat beside Rosalie and her grandmother, who was in deep mourning.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot

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