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Meaning of MOURN

Pronunciation:  mowrn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  feel sadness; "She is mourning her dead child"
  2. [v]  observe the customs of mourning after the death of a loved one

MOURN is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: celebrate, grieve, keep, observe, sorrow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mourn\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Mourned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Mourning}.] [AS. murnan; akin to OS. mornian, OHG. mornen,
    Goth. ma['u]rnan.]
    1. To express or to feel grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be
       sorrowful; to lament; to be in a state of grief or
             Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for
             her.                                  --Gen. xxiii.
    2. To wear the customary garb of a mourner.
             We mourn in black; why mourn we not in blood?
             Grieve for an hour, perhaps, then mourn a year.
  2. \Mourn\, v. t.
    1. To grieve for; to lament; to deplore; to bemoan; to
             As if he mourned his rival's ill success. --Addison.
             And looking over the hills, I mourn The darling who
             shall not return.                     --Emerson.
    2. To utter in a mournful manner or voice.
             The lovelorn nightingale Nightly to thee her sad
             song mourneth well.                   --Milton.
    Syn: See {Deplore}.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Frequent references are found in Scripture to, (1.) Mourning for the dead. Abraham mourned for Sarah (Gen. 23:2); Jacob for Joseph (37:34, 35); the Egyptians for Jacob (50:3-10); Israel for Aaron (Num. 20:29), for Moses (Deut. 34:8), and for Samuel (1 Sam. 25:1); David for Abner (2 Sam. 3:31, 35); Mary and Martha for Lazarus (John 11); devout men for Stephen (Acts 8:2), etc.

(2.) For calamities, Job (1:20, 21; 2:8); Israel (Ex. 33:4); the Ninevites (Jonah 3:5); Israel, when defeated by Benjamin (Judg. 20:26), etc.

(3.) Penitential mourning, by the Israelites on the day of atonement (Lev. 23:27; Acts 27:9); under Samuel's ministry (1 Sam. 7:6); predicted in Zechariah (Zech. 12:10, 11); in many of the psalms (51, etc.).

Mourning was expressed, (1) by weeping (Gen. 35:8, marg.; Luke 7:38, etc.); (2) by loud lamentation (Ruth 1:9; 1 Sam. 6:19; 2 Sam. 3:31); (3) by the disfigurement of the person, as rending the clothes (Gen. 37:29, 34; Matt. 26:65), wearing sackcloth (Gen. 37:34; Ps. 35:13), sprinkling dust or ashes on the person (2 Sam. 13:19; Jer. 6:26; Job 2:12), shaving the head and plucking out the hair of the head or beard (Lev. 10:6; Job 1:20), neglect of the person or the removal of ornaments (Ex. 33:4; Deut. 21:12, 13; 2 Sam. 14:2; 19:24; Matt. 6:16, 17), fasting (2 Sam. 1:12), covering the upper lip (Lev. 13:45; Micah 3:7), cutting the flesh (Jer. 16:6, 7), and sitting in silence (Judg. 20:26; 2 Sam. 12:16; 13:31; Job 1:20).

In the later times we find a class of mourners who could be hired to give by their loud lamentation the external tokens of sorrow (2 Chr. 35:25; Jer. 9:17; Matt. 9:23).

The period of mourning for the dead varied. For Jacob it was seventy days (Gen. 50:3); for Aaron (Num. 20:29) and Moses (Deut. 34:8) thirty days; and for Saul only seven days (1 Sam. 31:13). In 2 Sam. 3:31-35, we have a description of the great mourning for the death of Abner.

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