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.
Recent Examples on the Web Even a successful test flight may not be enough to satisfy SLS's many critics who bemoan the rocket's high price tag and inefficiency. Loren Grush,, 29 Aug. 2022 Arsenal will bemoan a 12th-minute goal by Gabriel Martinelli getting ruled out following an intervention by the video referee for a slight push by Martin Odegaard on Christian Eriksen. Steve Douglas, ajc, 4 Sep. 2022 Few are likely to bemoan the absence of the long choral interludes of description or lamentation. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Studies still bemoan how U.S. children lag in math and science. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2022 Dolphins fans bemoan not winning a playoff game since 2000. Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel, 14 May 2022 People bemoan these cars' unreliability and finicky tune, but many of these problems were resolved by the incorporation of fuel injection in '87 (this one has it), and most others, in enduring cars, have been shaken out. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 15 Apr. 2022 One speaker at the Amateur Athletic Union’s annual meeting took the time to bemoan how much the hobby had bled into practice time. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2022 Making a Neighborhood goes beyond freebies, throwing down a challenge to people who bemoan the loss of local news but won’t shell out what amounts to a monthly latte: Pay up. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bemoan

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

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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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