bemoan

verb be·moan \ bi-ˈmōn , bē- \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of bemoan

bemoaned; bemoaning; bemoans
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

Examples of bemoan in a Sentence

  1. He bemoans the fact that the team lost again.

  2. an article bemoaning the decline in voter turnout

  3. Some critics are always bemoaning the state of the language.

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First Known Use of bemoan

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of 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

BEMOAN Defined for English Language Learners

bemoan

Definition of bemoan for English Language Learners

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


BEMOAN Defined for Kids

bemoan

verb be·moan \ bi-ˈmōn \

Definition of bemoan for Students

bemoaned; bemoaning
: to express sadness, distress, or displeasure over


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