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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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 Livingston bemoaned the low turnout for early voting, as compared to the number of eligible voters. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford voters still have lots at stake in Tuesday's primary election," 25 June 2018 The left usually bemoans the lack of investment in historically non-white neighbourhoods, white flight from city centres and economic segregation. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018 Poland's boss Adam Nawalka was understandably upset, and took to bemoaning his team's lack of quality which cost them at key moments., "Poland Boss Adam Nawalka Bemoans Lack of Quality But Insists His Side Must 'Take it on the Chest'," 19 June 2018 Meanwhile, Democrats bemoan the lack of affordable housing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California Prays to the Sun God," 11 May 2018 There will be plenty of time to bemoan the NBA’s lack of competitive balance and ponder the endless what–ifs of Durant’s 2017 decision during the offseason. Ben Golliver,, "You Don’t Have to Forgive Kevin Durant, but You Do Have to Appreciate Him," 15 May 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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