be·​moan bi-ˈmōn How to pronounce bemoan (audio)
bemoaned; bemoaning; bemoans

transitive verb

: to express deep grief or distress over
bemoan the death of their leader
: to regard with displeasure, disapproval, or regret
bemoaning the lack of civility in modern political discourse
Choose the Right Synonym for bemoan

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

Examples of bemoan in a Sentence

He bemoans the fact that the team lost again. an article bemoaning the decline in voter turnout Some critics are always bemoaning the state of the language.
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bemoan was before the 12th century

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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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be·​moan bi-ˈmōn How to pronounce bemoan (audio)
: to express grief over

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