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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Widowed.

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  • With some men, she gone, and her viduous mansion your heart to let, her successor, the new occupant, poking in all the drawers and corners, and cupboards of the tenement, finds her miniature and some of her dusty old letters hidden away somewhere, and says — Was this the face he admired so?

    The Newcomes

  • With some men, she gone, and her viduous mansion your heart to let, her successor, the new occupant, poking in all the drawers and corners, and cupboards of the tenement, finds her miniature and some of her dusty old letters hidden away somewhere, and says -- Was this the face he admired so?

    The Newcomes

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  • adj., empty

    William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) uses this word to describe the heart as a "viduous mansion" for rent after the loved one is gone, going on to say that the new tenant finds a portrait of the first love hidden away somewhere within it.

    July 8, 2008