be·​moan | \bi-ˈmōn, 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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The same year that Uber began to invite drivers to use their own cars, venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel bemoaned the slow pace of technological advancement. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "What’s the Next Big Thing in Tech? It’s Up to Us," 16 Nov. 2018 Small-handed nerds the world over bemoaned the death of Apple's beloved iPhone SE, especially in the wake of the slow death of smaller Android handsets. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Palm's Tiny Phone Is the Most Interesting—And Dumbest—Thing to Happen to Phones in Ages," 15 Oct. 2018 Dunlap further divulged that the change was vaguely bemoaned by some of her fellow students. Fox News, "Michigan high school replaces homecoming queen with 'excellence award,' sparks debate," 19 Sep. 2018 As teacher strikes flared this spring in more than half a dozen states, from West Virginia to Arizona, protesters bemoaned stagnant salaries, overcrowded classrooms and a lack of basic supplies like textbooks and computers. Emmarie Huetteman, Washington Post, "Unwieldy Health Costs Often Stand Between Teachers And Fatter Paychecks," 18 June 2018 Washington lawmakers and regulators have long bemoaned pharmaceutical prices, but there's no indication of any significant pending policy action aimed at regulating prices, bolstering competition or some other potential solution. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Pfizer reverses drug price increases after President Trump blasted the company," 11 July 2018 Would-be boycotters might bemoan the low pay and working conditions employees experience, but the wages Americans find objectionable often represent a significant income in an impoverished region, Sinnott-Armstrong noted. Sarah Shemkus,, "Think before you boycott," 21 Apr. 2018 For low-income families, Medicaid can cover the majority of costs, but Hierro says members of her group bemoan the lack of providers who accept Medicaid patients because the payout is so low. Katie Parsons,, "The costs of autism strap many families," 3 July 2018 Liberal groups bemoaned Kennedy's decision, as the justice appointed by Ronald Reagan – a Sacramento native – has been a key swing vote in a number of court cases that bolstered progressive goals. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "'Earth shattering': What people are saying on social media about Justice Kennedy's retirement," 27 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of bemoan

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


be·​moan | \bi-ˈmōn \
bemoaned; bemoaning

Kids Definition of bemoan

: to express sadness, distress, or displeasure over

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