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

Definition of bemoan

transitive verb

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

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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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Godwin credited Louisville for its performance while also bemoaning a schedule that had this NCAA Super Regional as the first out of the gate Friday afternoon. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "East Carolina coach rips NCAA on seeding, scheduling after Super Regional at Louisville," 9 June 2019 Cons: Calipari recently bemoaned the difficulty of playing when opponents don’t respect multiple players’ 3-point shooting ability, and this lineup might present similar issues. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Who should start for Kentucky? A look at four possible 2018-19 lineups," 25 June 2018 This is a funeral,’’ one bemoaned — and Drake Heidepriem was among those caught in the middle. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "As LeBron James news spread, Lakers fans start celebrating outside Staples Center," 2 July 2018 The photo below is mine, illustrating an opinion piece for the newspaper, bemoaning the increading use of decorative LED lighting on the city's skyscrapers. Tom Gralish,, "This week in Photos: July 9, 2018," 11 July 2018 Even the Funky Cold Medina Bowl bowl-loving Swinney bemoans the impact. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Expand the Playoff, College Football," 16 Dec. 2018 Benoliel wrote to me, after one of my earlier columns bemoaning the Mariners’ request for more money. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Here’s a way to solve the impasse over Safeco Field: We should sell it," 4 Sep. 2018 While United fans were enjoying the emerging bromance between the two forwards, Lukaku was bemoaning his lack of recognition., "Romelu Lukaku Asks for Recognition After Jesse Lingard's Superb Goal Against Derby," 7 Jan. 2018 Season two—as everyone bemoaned—was largely a dry spell, even as Jamie frequented a brothel with the bonnie prince. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "Outlander's Sex Scenes Are More Than Hot—They're Genuinely Feminist," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bemoan

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of bemoan

: to say that you are unhappy about (something) : to complain about (something)


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

Kids Definition of bemoan

: to express sadness, distress, or displeasure over

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