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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In the working-class neighborhood of Elysian Valley, where Christian Vega died, community leaders bemoan the evolution of the five-lane Riverside Drive into a de facto extension of the adjacent Interstate 5. Los Angeles Times, "Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most," 16 Sep. 2019 Before lawmakers left town for the six-week summer recess, senators from both parties bemoaned the way the world's most deliberative body has become what Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. CBS News, "Congress returns with pressure to take action on guns and more," 9 Sep. 2019 Joy Behar bemoaned the lack of action on the part of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Did Meghan McCain's personality seem different on 'The View' on Tuesday? Maybe," 4 Sep. 2019 Both nationally and in Colorado, contractors bemoaned the quality of new entrants coming into the industry. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s construction industry finds no relief from labor shortages," 28 Aug. 2019 Speaking after the game, Hasenhüttl bemoaned his sides catalogue of mistakes and the lack of composure., "Ralph Hasenhüttl Raging Over Southampton Inability to Deal With Wind & Burnley's Long Balls," 11 Aug. 2019 Unfamiliar with hitting at the bottom of the order, Reddick bemoaned his pull-happy, power approach for most of last season. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch says Josh Reddick in no danger of losing playing time," 9 Aug. 2019 On Friday, Puerto Ricans bemoaned the confusion that left them not knowing who would be their next governor. Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in," 3 Aug. 2019 And while some bemoan the traffic jam of candidates on the Democratic debate stage, Carter said the presence of six female candidates — Warren, Harris, Sens. Joe Garofoli,, "‘White men have no electability advantage at all’," 15 Aug. 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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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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