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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Recent Examples on the Web Andrade bemoans the lack of Bolivia’s environmental police personnel. National Geographic, "Why rare beetles are being smuggled to Japan at an alarming rate," 4 Feb. 2020 Though Merkel bemoaned a lack of conversation between leaders, there was no lack of it from them at Davos. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "At Davos: Afghan and Pakistani leaders, and the Venezuelan opposition, make their cases," 24 Jan. 2020 In his article, Bloomberg bemoaned the lack of diversity throughout the voter base in both New Hampshire and Iowa. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'The most homogenous': Bloomberg blasts Iowa and New Hampshire nominating contests," 13 Jan. 2020 But Cleveland businesses still bemoan the lack of easy travel access. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Tamir Rice shot dead, Cavs win it all: Biggest stories of the 2010s," 27 Dec. 2019 The movie opens with Abby Huntsman on the phone with Sunny Hostin on her way to work, bemoaning her lack of costume ideas. Aurelie Corinthios,, "The View Pays Homage to Stephen King on Halloween with Epic Thriller (Scaramucci Makes a Cameo!)," 31 Oct. 2019 Zidane himself bemoaned the club's lack of intensity, which is an attribute that any player, no matter how talented, can choose to possess. Avi Creditor,, "First Impressions From the Start of 2019-2020 Champions League," 19 Sep. 2019 Peacock reported no physical setback after the outing but bemoaned his lack of execution. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros injury report: Updates for Ryan Pressly, Brad Peacock," 6 Aug. 2019 The words came from Rep. Delbert Latta, in July 1974, bemoaning that the House Judiciary Committee had approved three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. Gilbert Garcia,, "Debunking the myth of Watergate impeachment bipartisanship," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bemoan

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

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15 Feb 2020

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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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