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lament

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verb la·ment \lə-ˈment\

Simple Definition of lament

  • : to express sorrow, regret, or unhappiness about something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lament

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to mourn aloud :  wail

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for often demonstratively :  mourn

  5. 2 :  to regret strongly

Examples of lament in a sentence

  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

Synonym Discussion of lament

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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lament

noun la·ment

Simple Definition of lament

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lament

  1. 1 :  a crying out in grief :  wailing

  2. 2 :  dirge, elegy

  3. 3 :  complaint

Examples of lament in a sentence

  1. The poem is a lament for a lost love.

  2. <the national lament that was heard when President Kennedy was assassinated>



1591

First Known Use of lament

1591


LAMENT Defined for Kids

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lament

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verb la·ment \lə-ˈment\

Definition of lament for Students

lamentedlamenting

  1. 1 :  to mourn aloud :  wail

  2. 2 :  to express great sorrow or regret for <He lamented the disappearance of his dog.>




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lament

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noun la·ment

Definition of lament for Students

  1. 1 :  a crying out in great sorrow

  2. 2 :  a sad song or poem





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