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Widowhood  (WIDOWHOOD)

Dissolution of marriage 1 (cf. 501-2) may take place by the death of one of the spouses (501-5), or, in countries where this is permissible, by process of law or by custom. If a marriage is dissolved by death the surviving spouse is called a widower 2 if male and a widow 3 if female. Widowed persons 4 live in a state of widowhood 5.