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mourn

(mōrn),
To express grief or sorrow as a result of loss. In psychoanalysis, mourning is the frequently unexpressed process of responding to loss of a cathected object that, in contrast to melancholia, usually does not involve loss of self-esteem.
[O.E. murnan]
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The woman in black came forward and again besought the mourner.
The mourner essayed to speak but her voice gave way.
The congregation be- came more and more moved, as the pathetic tale went on, till at last the whole company broke down and joined the weeping mourners in a chorus of anguished sobs, the preacher himself giving way to his feelings, and crying in the pulpit.
While these aged mourners were passing up the aisle, it was observed that, from pew to pew, the spectators shuddered with irrepressible awe, as some object, hitherto concealed by the intervening figures, came full in sight.
Her youthful friends stood apart, shuddering at the mourners, the shrouded bridegroom, and herself; the whole scene expressed, by the strongest imagery, the vain struggle of the gilded vanities of this world, when opposed to age, infirmity, sorrow, and death.
About the grave, with bowed heads, stood as strange a company of mourners as the sun ever looked down upon.
An isolated suburban spot where mourners match lies,
In many instances nothing marked the spot where lay the vestiges of some poor mortal--who, leaving "a large circle of sorrowing friends," had been left by them in turn-- except a depression in the earth, more lasting than that in the spirits of the mourners.
He was buried in Westminster, and although the funeral was very quiet and simple as he himself had wished, for two days after a constant stream of mourners came to place flowers upon his grave.
We must get some of his Burgundy at any price, the mourners cry at his club.
Thus directed, the bearers trotted on under their light burden; and the two mourners kept as near them, as they could.
He was followed to the grave by a vast multitude of mourners, who "gave the hapless man the funeral of a king.