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 There’s also a lot to bemoan about the nation’s direction and festering inequality. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 So the Wildcat faithful can only bemoan the scandal suddenly unfolding before them, one involving mysterious hirings and firings, rampant rumors and allegations of dirty dealing by some of the South’s most famous college coaches. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Porsche's Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are a $7410 option on the GTS, but nowhere in the notes did our testing team bemoan their absence. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 22 June 2021 Some bemoan the fact that few high school seniors understand that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Normal Heights residents bemoan the sale of the lot that hosted the Vera House Community Garden. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2021 This all goes to show that in the US political system, a party can control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives and still bemoan its relative lack of political power. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 June 2021 Conservatives and libertarians rightly bemoan excessive centralization under a ravenous Leviathan. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 But Moretton, who was once good enough to face Bjorn Borg at the French Open (taking a loss), did not bemoan his timing during an interview in the presidential box with a grand view of the main stadium, Philippe Chatrier Court, however empty. New York Times, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of bemoan

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

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23 Jul 2021

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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 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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