Is there any particular word for a person whose partner (love) has passed away? Like he/she is keeping lonely now, crying or silent all the time because they miss their dead partner.

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Dictionary.com: (of a person) greatly saddened at being deprived by death of a loved one

Merriam-Webster: suffering the death of a loved one

Cambridge: people who are sad because someone close to them has died

Oxford: be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one’s death

"Just because we're bereaved doesn't make us saps!" - Walter, The Big Lebowski

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    Similarly, the archaic yet bittersweet-sounding bereft.
    – talrnu
    Jul 14, 2015 at 18:39

Possibly a widow.


a woman who has lost her spouse by death and has not remarried

Source: Dictionary.com

As Hugh mentioned below, a man who has lost his wife and not remarried would be a widower.


a man who has lost his spouse by death and has not remarried

Source: Dictionary.com

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    ...and a man who has lost his wife is a widower.
    – Hugh
    Jul 13, 2015 at 23:13
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    I thought that if you were widowed it was a permanent condition. See Wikipedia - widow. If someone becomes a widow, remarrying doesn't alter that fact. Jul 14, 2015 at 2:43
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    @NickGammon - depends on the context. Legally, if you remarry, you're, well, married and not widowed. It's important for things like taxes.
    – Davor
    Jul 14, 2015 at 10:02
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    Or you could opt for the unisex adjective, widowed.
    – talrnu
    Jul 14, 2015 at 18:38

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