verb be·wail \bi-ˈwā(ə)l\

: to express great sadness or disappointment about (something)

Full Definition of BEWAIL

transitive verb
:  to wail over
:  to express deep sorrow for usually by wailing and lamentation

Examples of BEWAIL

  1. Many people bewailed the changes to the historic building.
  2. <he invariably spends more time bewailing his predicament than trying to fix it>

First Known Use of BEWAIL

14th century

Synonym Discussion of BEWAIL

deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan mean to express grief or sorrow for something. deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value <deplores the breakdown in family values>. lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow <lamenting the loss of their only child>. bewail and bemoan imply sorrow, disappointment, or protest finding outlet in words or cries, bewail commonly suggesting loudness, and bemoan lugubriousness <fans bewailed the defeat> <purists bemoaning the corruption of the language>.


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