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loss n.

Something (not a person) that loses; a situation in which something is losing. Emphatic forms include `moby loss', and `total loss', `complete loss'. Common interjections are "What a loss!" and "What a moby loss!" Note that `moby loss' is OK even though **`moby loser' is not used; applied to an abstract noun, moby is simply a magnifier, whereas when applied to a person it implies substance and has positive connotations. Compare lossage.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

For though our hearts are bleeding red,
Still yet the dying are not dead:

For though our haunts are lonesome now,
Still yet they walk beside us;
For though our lives grow weary now,
Still yet they live beside us –

For those we love are never dead
Save when our hearts are bleeding red.

I am feeling loss and lost.

Lost in my house. I can wander around it. The bathrooms are now meticulously neat and clean, like my daughter's room and her desk. The rest is a mess. I do not care. I care. Sometimes I care a little. But... my house is a universe like my mind where I can get lost when I am sad. There are cards and knitting projects and dusty boxes of my parents' papers and books and books and books and art supplies and cards for writing letters the old way, sending them snail mail, to the receiver's vast surprise.

I don't think you mean for me to feel this way consciously. But think of your mother wandering through the house when your father left. You were three and she left you with your brothers. She was no longer there at night, she worked and never kept up. Beaten down, sad, loss and lost and the house a mess and your brothers angry. Do you create it over and over expecting women to find a solution? Or to kill you? To have them angry? Or do you hope to feel as your father did? You never saw him again, loss and lost. You stayed when your wife died and raised two sons, is this revenge upon the world for you being tied down and responsible and loss and lost? If so, why do you choose me to be your revenge, to bear the grief and anger and loss?

I am safe in my mind always. My mind is a jewel box, a house with many rooms, there are files and subfiles and subsubsubfiles and I rarely let anyone see any of it. My children know and they learned to hide their minds, to pass, as my son says. My house reflects my mind, complex and layered and deep and things lying around that I might play with someday or not. I do not want people in my mind or house and so the layers and mess protect me.

You too have a complex mind. But you are not aware. You have not done the work to face your own deeps, to dive, to bring the heavy treasure to consciousness. Some people never do. It is a choice. You've had that chance and refused it, at least with me. You're hurting me so I no longer care. Loss and lost. Goodbye.

from another year than this

Loss (?), n. [AS. los loss, losing, fr. leosan to lose. . See Lose, v. t.]

1.

The act of losing; failure; destruction; privation; as, the loss of property; loss of money by gaming; loss of health or reputation.

Assured loss before the match be played. Shak.

2.

The state of losing or having lost; the privation, defect, misfortune, harm, etc., which ensues from losing.

Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss. Shak

3.

That which is lost or from which one has parted; waste; -- opposed to gain or increase; as, the loss of liquor by leakage was considerable.

4.

The state of being lost or destroyed; especially, the wreck or foundering of a ship or other vessel.

5.

Failure to gain or win; as, loss of a race or battle.

6.

Failure to use advantageously; as, loss of time.

7. Mil.

Killed, wounded, and captured persons, or captured property.

8. Insurance

Destruction or diminution of value, if brought about in a manner provided for in the insurance contract (as destruction by fire or wreck, damage by water or smoke), or the death or injury of an insured person; also, the sum paid or payable therefor; as, the losses of the company this year amount to a million of dollars.

To bear a loss, to make a loss good; also, to sustain a loss without sinking under it. -- To be at a loss, to be in a state of uncertainty.

Syn. -- Privation; detriment; injury; damage.

 

© Webster 1913.

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