One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A state of mourning, conventionally expressed by wearing only black clothing.
- ‘The villages of Killawalla, Ballintubber, Carnacon and surrounding communities are in deep mourning after the tragic death of Aisling McGing, Kinuary, who passed away following a fatal motor accident on Saturday evening last.’
- ‘The district was in deep mourning when Mrs Hillary, a former teacher, died of cancer last July.’
- ‘The whole countryside is in deep mourning over this tragic event that turned a sporting day into one of darkest sorrow.’
- ‘Meanwhile, thousands of miles away Israel was in deep mourning for the loss not just of the country's first man in space but also a former war hero who had briefly brought happiness to a country racked by strife.’
- ‘The town of Bunclody was in deep mourning at the news of the tragic death of Paul Cowman, Mill Road, which took place at his home recently.’
- ‘Norman will mark - not celebrate - the VE anniversary with sadness, with memories of dead comrades and the loss of Isobel - ‘I am still in deep mourning, she was a wonderful person.’’
- ‘Some women, when they learn of what happened, go into a deep mourning and try to deal with it.’
- ‘Tommy, then, spends the first years of his life among people in deep mourning - most are women - there are not many men left.’
- ‘People of Crettyard and the surrounding areas are in deep mourning this week after learning of the death of father-of-four Patrick Kelly.’
- ‘He was in deep mourning and claimed exemption on the ground that he was interested in the funeral of a gentleman that day, at which he desired to be present.’
- ‘Of course, the citizens of Monaco are in deep mourning, and the entire principality is really shut down.’
- 1.1 The black clothing worn by someone in deep mourning.
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