KJV Dictionary Definition: mourn


MOURN, v.i. L. maereo.

1. To express grief or sorrow; to grieve; to be sorrowful. Mourning may be expressed by weeping or audible sounds, or by sobs, sighs or inward silent grief.

Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep. Gen.23.

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matt.5.

2. To wear the customary habit of sorrow.

We mourn in black.

Grieve for an hour perhaps, then mourn a year.

MOURN, v.t. To grieve for; to lament. But there is an ellipsis of for, the verb not being transitive. When we say, we mourn a friend or a child, the real sense and complete phrase is, we mourn for a friend, or mourn for the loss of a friend. "He mourn'd his rival's ill success," that is,he mourned for his rival's ill success.

1. To utter in a sorrowful manner.

The love lorn nightingale

Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well.


MOURNE, n. morn. The round end of a staff; the part of a lance to which the steel is fixed, or the ferrel. Not used.


MOURNFUL, a. Intended to express sorrow, or exhibiting the appearance of grief, as a mournful bell; mournful music.

No funeral rites nor man in mournful weeds.

1. Causing sorrow; sad; calamitous; as a mournful death.

2. Sorrowful; feeling grief.

The mournful fair--

Shall visit her distinguished urn.


MOURNFULNESS, n. Sorrow; grief; state of mourning.

1. Appearance or expression of grief.


MOURNING, ppr. Grieving; lamenting; sorrowing; wearing the appearance of sorrow.

MOURNING, n. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.

1. The dress or customary habit worn by mourners.

And ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid.


MOURNINGLY, adv. With the appearance of sorrow.