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Definitions of mourning

  1. sorrowful through loss or deprivation; "bereft of hope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. of Mourn Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Normal, appropriate sorrowful response to an immediate cause. It is self-limiting and gradually subsides within a reasonable time. Medical Dictionary DB
  10. Expression of grief; lamentation; a special garb, such as black clothes, worn as a sign of grief for one who has died. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Grieving: lamenting. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. The act of expressing grief: the dress of mourners. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. MOURNINGLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Grief; expression of grief; dress of mourners. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. The manifesting of grief, as in somber dress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Grieving; lamenting: expressive of grief. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief: the dress or habit worn by mourners. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn, as appropriate to the condition of one mourning. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; in the plu., the dress assumed on the death of a friend or relative. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. One marked feature of Oriental mourning is what may be called its studies publicity and the careful observance of the prescribed ceremonies. ( Genesis 23:2 ; Job 1:20 ; 2:12 ) 1. Among the particular forms observed the following may be mentioned: (a) Rending the clothes. ( Genesis 37:29 Genesis 37:34 ; 44:13 ) etc. (b) Dressing in sackcloth. ( Genesis 37:34 ; 2 Samuel 3:31 ; 21:10 ) etc. (c) Ashes, dust or earth sprinkled on the person. ( 2 Samuel 13:19 ; 15:32 ) etc. (d) Black or sad-colored garments. ( 2 Samuel 14:2 ; Jeremiah 8:21 ) etc. (e) Removal of ornaments or neglect of person. ( deuteronomy 21:12 deuteronomy 21:13 ) etc. (f) Shaving the head, plucking out the hair of the head or beard. ( Leviticus 10:6 ; 2 Samuel 19:24 ) etc. (g) Laying bare some part of the body. ( Isaiah 20:2 ; 47:2 ) etc. (h) Fasting or abstinence in meat and drink. ( 2 Samuel 1:12 ; 3:35 ; 2 Samuel 12:16 2 Samuel 12:22 ) etc. (i) In the same direction may be mentioned diminution in offerings to God, and prohibition to partake of sacrificial food. ( Leviticus 7:20 ; 26:14 ) (k) Covering the "upper lip," i.e. the lower part of the face, and sometimes the head, in token of silence. ( Leviticus 13:45 ; 2 Samuel 15:30 ; 19:4 ) (l) Cutting the flesh, ( Jeremiah 16:6 Jeremiah 16:7 ; 41:5 ) beating the body. ( Ezekiel 21:12 ; Jeremiah 31:19 ) (m) Employment of persons hired for the purpose of mourning. ( Ecclesiastes 12:5 ; Jeremiah 9:17 ; Amos 5:16 ; Matthew 9:23 ) (n) Akin to the foregoing usage the custom for friends or passers-by to join in the lamentations of bereaved or afflicted persons. ( Genesis 50:3 ; Judges 11:40 ; Job 2:11 ; 30:25 ) etc. (o) The sitting or lying posture in silence indicative of grief. ( Genesis 23:3 ; Judges 20:26 ) etc. (p) Mourning feast and cup of consolation. ( Jeremiah 16:7 Jeremiah 16:8 ) 2. The period of mourning varied. In the case of Jacob it was seventy days, ( Genesis 50:3 ) of Aaron, ( Numbers 20:29 ) and Moses, Deuteronomy 34:8 thirty. A further period of seven days in Jacobs case. ( Genesis 50:10 ) Seven days for Saul, which may have been an abridged period in the time of national danger. ( 1 Samuel 31:13 ) With the practices above mentioned, Oriental and other customs, ancient and modern, in great measure agree. Arab men are silent in grief, but the women scream, tear their hair, hands and face, and throw earth or sand on their heads. Both Mohammedans and Christians in Egypt hire wailing-women, and wail at stated times. Burckhardt says the women of Atbara in Nubia shave their heads on the death of their nearest relatives --a custom prevalent also among several of the peasant tribes of upper Egypt. He also mentions wailing-women, and a man in distress besmearing his face with dirt and dust in token of grief. In the "Arabian Nights" are frequent allusions to similar practices. It also mentions ten days and forty days as periods of mourning. Lane, speaking of the modern Egyptians, says, "After death the women of the family raise cries of lamentation called welweleh or wilwal , uttering the most piercing shrieks, and calling upon the name of the deceased, Oh, my master! Oh, my resource! Oh, my misfortune! Oh, my glory!" See ( Jeremiah 22:18 ) The females of the neighborhood come to join with them in this conclamation: generally, also, the family send for two or more neddabehs or public wailing-women. Each brings a tambourine, and beating them they exclaim, Alas for him! The female relatives, domestics and friends, with their hair dishevelled and sometimes with rent clothes, beating their faces, cry in like manner, Alas for him! These make no alteration in dress, but women, in some cases, dye their shirts, head-veils and handkerchiefs of a dark-blue color. They visit the tombs at stated periods." --Mod. Eg. iii. 152,171,195. biblestudytools.com
  21. The dress or apparel worn by mourners at a funeral and for a time aft- erwards. Also the expenses paid for such apparel. thelawdictionary.org
  22. In vbl senses, also or esp.; (wearing of) black clothes as sign of m.; deep, half, m.; in m., wearing such garments; m.-coach (attending funeral); m.-paper, notepaper with black edge; m.-ring (worn as memorial of deceased person). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. in m., (of the eye) blacked in fighting &c., (of finger-nails) dirty. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. (Naut. ) The ensign and pennant half-mast, the yards topped awry or a-peek, or alternately topped an-end, are signs of mourning. The sides painted blue or rubbed with ashes, etc., instead of white, indicates deep mourning. In the navy, a ship is thus painted on the death of her captain, and the flag-ship on that of the admiral; in the merchant service, on that of the owner. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  25. n. Act of sorrowing; lamentation; arrow;- the dress or customary habit worn by mourners. Cabinet Dictionary

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