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Mourning
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1. Concept and tradition

European languages use words of different origins to denote sorrow at someone's death and the customs associated with its expression. The English "mourning" derives from the Old English murnan, "to long for" or "to bemoan." The French deuil evolved from Old French doel and ultimately from Latin dolere ("to grieve"; cf. also English "dole," "doleful"). German Trauer (from OHG truren and MHG truren, "to be sorrowful"; cf. also modern German traurig, "sad") originated in r…

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Reichelt, Mareike, “Mourning”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031161>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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