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.
Recent Examples on the Web People bemoan these cars' unreliability and finicky tune, but many of these problems were resolved by the incorporation of fuel injection in '87 (this one has it), and most others, in enduring cars, have been shaken out. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 15 Apr. 2022 One speaker at the Amateur Athletic Union’s annual meeting took the time to bemoan how much the hobby had bled into practice time. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 Making a Neighborhood goes beyond freebies, throwing down a challenge to people who bemoan the loss of local news but won’t shell out what amounts to a monthly latte: Pay up. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 To the Mexican government and alcohol companies, the rage for tequila is perhaps an unqualified success, but ecologists like Valiente bemoan it. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2022 It’s a common parlor game to bemoan our perilous state of local media in the States. Howard Homonoff, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Now forced to make regular stops in the G League, Moody prefers to think big picture rather than bemoan his circumstances. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022 Not least because — in Ajax, Sporting and Besiktas, the Turkish champion — Dortmund could hardly bemoan the cruel vicissitudes of a tough group-stage draw. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 This season, retail analysts bemoan the paucity of international tourists, who can help goose sales. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bemoan

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

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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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