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 Across Asia, in places such as Myanmar, India, and Hong Kong, leaders that espouse nationalist rhetoric and bemoan their former colonial overlords see no issue with deploying laws designed by those foreign masters against their own people. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "Where British Imperial Rule Lives On," 15 Apr. 2021 The automakers will no doubt highlight their critical dependency on semiconductors, and bemoan the losses of production and jobs because of the current shortage. Willy Shih, Forbes, "About That White House Meeting To Discuss The Semiconductor Supply Chain," 12 Apr. 2021 While the couple and many other locals bemoan the arrival of the miners, the Serbian government has enthusiastically welcomed Chinese companies like Zijin, despite their record of flouting environmental rules. New York Times, "Serbia Hails Chinese Companies as Saviors, but Locals Chafe at Costs," 27 Mar. 2021 Enjoy a win or bemoan a loss for one day, then move on to what’s next. Jeremy Price, The Indianapolis Star, "IU women enjoy first trip to NCAA tournament Sweet 16, but 'it's time to get back to work'," 26 Mar. 2021 While some people love the daylight at the end of the day as the weather warms, others bemoan the loss of an hour's sleep. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Daylight saving time is back this weekend, and so is the annual controversy about the practice," 9 Mar. 2021 DeRozan — who has not spoken publicly since his father’s death — took to social media to bemoan his exclusion. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "DeMar DeRozan's year of tragedy has included his best basketball," 14 Mar. 2021 Some may bemoan the newfound sophistication, but most buyers will prefer it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Land Rover Defender is a skillful update of an iconic SUV (review)," 19 Dec. 2020 Others bemoan the loss of youth sports and long for the day our kids can play soccer again. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: State hits record for COVID-19 deaths in one day; playgrounds reopen," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bemoan

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

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18 Apr 2021

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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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