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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

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

  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

Full Definition of lament

  1. 1 :  a crying out in grief :  wailing

  2. 2 :  dirge, elegy

  3. 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>



1591

First Known Use of lament

1591



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