Definitions for: Mourning


[n] the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
[n] state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one



Webster (1913) Definition: Mourn"ing, n. [AS. murnung.]
1. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation;
sorrow.

2. Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp.
clothing or a badge of somber black.

The houses to their tops with black were spread, And
ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid. --Dryden.

Deep mourning. See under Deep.


Mourn"ing, a.
1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.

2. Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as
appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing;
as, mourning garments; a mourning ring; a mourning pin,
and the like.

Mourning bride (Bot.), a garden flower ({Scabiosa
atropurpurea}) with dark purple or crimson flowers in
flattened heads.

Mourning dove (Zo["o]l.), a wild dove ({Zenaidura
macroura}) found throughout the United States; -- so named
from its plaintive note. Called also Carolina dove. See
Illust. under Dove.

Mourning warbler (Zo["o]l.), an American ground warbler
(Geothlypis Philadelphia). The male has the head, neck,
and chest, deep ash-gray, mixed with black on the throat
and chest; other lower parts are pure yellow.

Synonyms: bereavement, lamentation

See Also: activity, expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion, sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulness

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