What does mourning mean?
Definitions for mourning
ˈmɔr nɪŋ, ˈmoʊr-mourn·ing
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mourning.
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
bereaved, bereft, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning(a), sorrowing(a)adjective
sorrowful through loss or deprivation
"bereft of hope"
The act of expressing or feeling sorrow or regret; lamentation.
Feeling or expressing sorrow over someone's death.
The traditional clothes worn by those who mourn (in Western societies, typically coloured black).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from mourn.
Wo is me, who will deliver me in those days? the beginning of sorrows and great mournings. 2 Esdr. xvi. 18.
They through the master-street the corps convey’d,
The houses to their tops with black were spread,
And ev’n the pavements were with mourning hid. Dryden.
Mourning is the expression of an experience that is the consequence of an event in life involving loss, causing grief, occurring as a result of someone's death, specifically someone who was loved although loss from death is not exclusively the cause of all experience of grief.The word is used to describe a complex of behaviours in which the bereaved participate or are expected to participate, the expression of which varies by culture. Wearing black clothes is one practice followed in many countries, though other forms of dress are seen. Those most affected by the loss of a loved one often observe a period of mourning, marked by withdrawal from social events and quiet, respectful behavior. People may follow religious traditions for such occasions. Mourning may apply to the death of, or anniversary of the death of, an important individual such as a local leader, monarch, religious figure, or member of family. State mourning may occur on such an occasion. In recent years, some traditions have given way to less strict practices, though many customs and traditions continue to be followed.
the act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow
garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black
grieving; sorrowing; lamenting
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
Etymology: [AS. murnung.]
Mourning is, in the simplest sense, synonymous with grief over the death of someone. The word is also used to describe a cultural complex of behaviours in which the bereaved participate or are expected to participate. Customs vary between different cultures and evolve over time, though many core behaviors remain constant. Wearing black clothes is one practice followed in many countries, though other forms of dress are also seen. Those most affected by the loss of a loved one often observe a period of grieving, marked by withdrawal from social events and quiet, respectful behavior. People may also follow certain religious traditions for such occasions. Mourning may also apply to the death of, or anniversary of the death of, an important individual like a local leader, monarch, religious figure etc. State mourning may occur on such an occasion. In recent years some traditions have given way to less strict practices, though many customs and traditions continue to be followed.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A ship is in mourning with her, ensign and pennant half-mast, her yards topped awry, or apeek, or alternately topped an-end. If the sides are painted blue instead of white, it denotes deep mourning; this latter, however, is only done on the ship where the admiral or captain was borne, and in the case of merchant ships on the death of the owner.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mourning is ranked #29793 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Mourning surname appeared 789 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mourning.
62.8% or 496 total occurrences were White.
29.7% or 235 total occurrences were Black.
3.8% or 30 total occurrences were of two or more races.
3.1% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of mourning in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of mourning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of mourning in a Sentence
Naming the loss is actually an important part of mourning, it also normalizes your loss and your grief. So, kids see that every single person has had somebody who died. And that's incredibly powerful.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton:
They were, quite simply, assassinated -- targeted for their uniform, our city is in mourning. Our hearts are heavy.
Mourning the loss of a friend and teacher was both fitting and honorable, but to dwell unnecessarily on that loss was to give the past too much power over the present.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe:
Like so many brave Virginia men and women, Trooper Dermyer put on a uniform and risked his life every day to keep us safe, first as a U.S. Marine and then as a police officer, this is a loss that impacts us all. It should inspire prayers for the family, friends and fellow troopers who are mourning tonight, and gratitude for those who protect and serve.
Really, what we've been doing on Is National Day of Mourning every year since 1970 is telling the truth, explaining why we don't give thanks for what happened in the 1620s or afterward, up until the present day.
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