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[mass noun] The state or period of being a widow or widower:‘the loneliness of widowhood’
- ‘Provided that this has been purchased for a period of 13 weeks prior to widowhood, the sum of 10s weekly will be paid during the remainder of life or period of widowhood.’
- ‘During her long widowhood Victoria found happiness in Nice especially; beginning in 1882 she would visit the Riviera on nine occasions, for a long spring break of a month or so.’
- ‘The death at the age of 101 of the former Queen consort after 50 years of widowhood since the death of King George Vl, however, was not an appropriate peg for such discussion.’
- ‘It may not seem long to your daughter, but she doesn't know the pace of widowhood - that you cover an endless desert of time each month, as you live through day after long day without the person you have lost.’
- ‘In her own widowhood, she welcomed her surviving sisters, Sophie and Aloysia, to Salzburg and supported them emotionally and materially.’
- ‘In the second year of widowhood, Heinz withdrew into her grief and accepted a doctor's advice to go on Prozac.’
- ‘However, he was under the misapprehension that he was dying - so he proposed to Charlotte, offering her widowhood (although it's not known whether either of them considered this to be a bit of a rough deal).’
- ‘There is no respite - pathetic old age follows and God forbid, unprotected widowhood too.’
- ‘And although she did an enormous amount of visiting commonwealth countries after her widowhood, she was of course widowed at the tragically early age of 51.’
- ‘There is a whole group of women who quite frankly have been liberated by widowhood.’
- ‘And widowhood is formally bestowed upon her as a clutch of women uncoil her neatly-coiled hair, remove her mangalsutra, break her bangles and wipe of her bindi.’
- ‘It is generally agreed that Joseph died at some point in Jesus' life, but it is speculation to say that Mary's widowhood was on his mind in his encounter with the grieving widow.’
- ‘The Trust aims to educate the children of poor widows throughout India, irrespective of religion, caste and gender, and raise the issues surrounding widowhood globally.’
- ‘The basic doctrine for ancient Chinese women was: obey her father in childhood, obey her husband when she is married, and obey her son in widowhood.’
- ‘The cycle begins with the heroine's romantic excitement with the man, moves through her engagement, the preparations for the wedding, the birth of her child and then suddenly, in the final song, her reaction to widowhood.’
- ‘It may indeed not be essential one marry at all: one may choose celibacy to satisfy a special calling, or out of widowhood, necessity of age or physical condition, or simply according to disposition.’
- ‘After 19 years of widowhood she was married to Jacob Klassen.’
- ‘This was a woman whose entire life was marked by her being born to a stunningly beautiful woman, Tan's grandmother, whom early widowhood had led to become the ‘concubine’ of a wealthy Chinese merchant.’
- ‘I looked after my mum through almost 40 years of widowhood - she was a cheerful, pretty and charming person, but without help she would have had many financial worries.’
- ‘It is to share with the world the agony and exploitation of widowhood in India, which goes beyond the loss of a loved one.’
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