- 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 mourned
What is being celebrated and rewarded by the Kremlin are events that the international community has mourned.Putin’s Crimean Medal of Honor, Forged Before the War Even Began
April 25, 2014
We watched her float about, a meandering frown, for two whole hours in the season premiere as she mourned the death of Matthew.‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: The Depressing Demise of a Once-Great Show
February 24, 2014
Ukraine mourned grave news coming from the burning, revolutionary streets of Kiev this week.Deaths On The Maidan
January 24, 2014
Still, at his funeral, he was mourned by grandchildren enrolled as students in Ivy League schools.David's Bookclub: The Warmth of Other Suns
May 20, 2013
Instead, he mourned “this has resulted in an epidemic of psychological moral and physical suffering” instead.Rick Santorum's Strident Traditionalism Captivates CPAC
March 15, 2013
She had rejoiced for his happy spirit, and now she mourned her own widowed lot.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
If she mourned for her son, who had been absent for two years, how would his mother mourn?Life in London
When she left him the widowed father of a little girl, he mourned sincerely for her.Weighed and Wanting
The Bretons mourned and raged at the loss of their young duke.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
His death was mourned by a large circle of friends who appreciated his worth.Cleveland Past and Present
- 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 mourned
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.