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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All bemoan the plight of Alyssa Moreno, barista at Briarpatch Restaurant (252 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park; 407-628-8651; Trevor Fraser,, "Blood Orange Margarita puts a mellow twist on a classic at Winter Park’s Briarpatch Restaurant," 11 July 2019 President Vladimir Putin bemoans the absence of practical moves from the Americans, despite Mr Trump’s earlier expressions of interest. The Economist, "Donald Trump risks undoing decades of nuclear arms control," 11 July 2019 In addition to climate change, thousands of such dissenters are bemoaning gun violence and the legislative paralysis that keeps it alive. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Jane Fonda heads to Dallas, which bears a connection to a turning point in her Oscar-winning career," 2 July 2019 Surveying the border admiringly, Trump bemoaned the brevity of his impromptu visit with Kim. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Trump Praises Kim on Immigration: “No One Is Trying to Get Into Your Country”," 1 July 2019 In these conversations, Mr. Trump bemoaned the costs of a drone shot down by Iran—about $130 million before research and development—but told people the dollar figure would resonate less with U.S. voters than the potential casualties. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack," 23 June 2019 But the companies executives nonetheless bemoan the move. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The trade war is already pushing businesses out of China—and it could be permanent," 14 June 2019 Scotland boss Shelley Kerr has this week bemoaned the injuries that hampered Scotland at Euro 2017, with no such problems taking hold of her squad this time., "2019 Women's World Cup: England vs Scotland Preview - How to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 7 June 2019 For more than a decade, the NTRA had been officially uncommitted on similar legislation, bemoaning underfunded solutions and unintended consequences. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Reform or extinction? Many see horse slaughter as existential threat to racing," 15 June 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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The first known use of bemoan was before the 12th century

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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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