- to feel or express sorrow or grief.
- to grieve or lament for the dead.
- to show the conventional or usual signs of sorrow over a person's death.
- to feel or express sorrow or grief over (misfortune, loss, or anything regretted); deplore.
- to grieve or lament over (the dead).
- to utter in a sorrowful manner.
Origin of mourn
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Examples from the Web for mourn
Followers had traveled many miles to mourn the loss, and aid in the ritual washing, dressing, and honoring of the body.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
In Ferguson, Missouri, the bullet-ridden body of Michael Brown lies on a slab somewhere, and his parents await justice, and mourn.How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List
August 23, 2014
Mourn so enthusiastically that you end up neglecting your own family.Nick Cannon’s Not a Gigolo, But He Had Sex with Kim Kardashian
August 22, 2014
But, much as we might mourn the losses, why should the United States be in the business of trying to hold it all together now?Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem.
July 17, 2014
More than once the Iraqis we worked with postponed our engagements so they could mourn slain colleagues.The View of Iraq From Troops in Afghanistan
June 25, 2014
Then the other birds of the greenwood came to mourn over their dead friend.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
She had left behind her something which was very fine and beautiful; but she could not mourn.Tiverton Tales
You know it is a capital crime, to mourn for, or sympathise with, a victim of the Guillotine.A Tale of Two Cities
Even to this day they mourn for him and tremble at the least breeze from heaven.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
The Sermon on the Mount promises the kingdom to the poor and them that mourn.The Ministry of Intercession
- to feel or express sadness for the death or loss of (someone or something)
- (intr) to observe the customs of mourning, as by wearing black
- (tr) to grieve over (loss or misfortune)
Word Origin and History for mourn
Old English murnan "to mourn, bemoan, long after," also "be anxious about, be careful" (class III strong verb; past tense mearn, past participle murnen), from Proto-Germanic *murnan "to remember sorrowfully" (cf. Old Saxon mornon, Old High German mornen, Gothic maurnan "to mourn," Old Norse morna "to pine away"), probably from PIE root *(s)mer- "to remember" (see memory); or, if the Old Norse sense is the base one, from *mer- "to die, wither." Related: Mourned; mourning.