- the state or a period of being a widow or, sometimes, a widower.
Origin of widowhood
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When you look at happiness studies, you see that people acclimate to even terrible events: widowhood, divorce, terrible injuries.The Federal Government Should Hire the Long-Term Unemployed
March 8, 2013
But if he loved her he would have mentioned her with affection, if only to console her in her widowhood.The Man Shakespeare
The cruel law of widowhood had begun to do its work in them.Lotus Buds
How was it that she had not seen that her duty, the pride of her widowhood, was there?The Nabob
They pitied the bereavement to which widowhood in the most cruel of forms was now added.
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