- the act of a person who mourns; sorrowing or lamentation.
- 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.
- the outward symbols of such sorrow, as black garments.
- the period or interval during which a person grieves or formally expresses grief, as by wearing black garments.
- of, relating to, or used in mourning.
Origin of mourning
- 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 mourning
The late-November hacking of Sony, perhaps the most vicious episode of its kind, comes at the end of the period of mourning.
Now that the Confucian-inspired mourning period is over, the son is free to embark on his own programs and policies.
Soon after Abu Ein died, the Palestinian Authority announced three days of mourning.Palestinian Cabinet Member Dies in Confrontation with Israeli Soldier
December 10, 2014
A Fish and Wildlife special agent collected the bodies of two birds at the site, a redhead duck and a mourning dove.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
So while mourning the closing of De Robertis, consider that we might someday mourn the bankruptcy of whatever chain replaces it.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
"And you know we shall be in mourning," said Psyche to her brother.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Nellie had been frankly scandalized at the idea of mourning.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Is their condition on earth eminently "the house of mourning?"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Then they marched home and their houses were filled with mourning.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The household was filled with mourning, but it was too late.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- the act or feelings of one who mourns; grief
- the conventional symbols of grief, such as the wearing of black
- the period of time during which a death is officially mourned
- in mourning observing the conventions of mourning
- of or relating to mourning
- 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 mourning
Old English murnung "complaint, grief," verbal noun from mourn (v.).
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.