lament


1la·ment

verb \lə-ˈment\

: to express sorrow, regret, or unhappiness about something

Full Definition of LAMENT

intransitive verb
:  to mourn aloud :  wail
transitive verb
1
:  to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for often demonstratively :  mourn
2
:  to regret strongly

Examples of LAMENT

  1. She lamented over the loss of her best friend.
  2. I've lost my best friend! she lamented.

Origin of LAMENT

Middle English lementen, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French lamenter, from Latin lamentari, from lamentum, noun, lament
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to LAMENT

2lament

noun

: an expression of sorrow; especially : a song or poem that expresses sorrow for someone who has died or something that is gone

Full Definition of LAMENT

1
:  a crying out in grief :  wailing
2
:  dirge, elegy
3
:  complaint

Examples of LAMENT

  1. The poem is a lament for a lost love.
  2. <the national lament that was heard when President Kennedy was assassinated>

First Known Use of LAMENT

1591

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