Definition of bemoan
- bemoan the death of their leader
- bemoaning the lack of civility in modern political discourse
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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before 12th century
: to say that you are unhappy about (something) : to complain about (something)
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