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 People often bemoan the stereotype of Black public figures falling into the sports and entertainment categories. George The Poet, Time, "Black Excellence Is Not Just a Hashtag. It’s an Economic Lifeline," 5 June 2020 As with Flynn, Trump has repeatedly bemoaned Stone's prosecution and insisted that he has been treated unfairly. Anchorage Daily News, "Flynn decision cheered by Trump and the right, as critics decry it as attack on rule of law," 8 May 2020 Health-care workers have bemoaned the lack of protective gear being provided in recent weeks, and a pipeline of equipment will be vital when politicians ease measures, as well as a fit workforce. Suzi Ring,, "Europeans See Glimmer of Hope in Italy’s Virus Stabilization," 8 May 2020 Many college coaches have bemoaned the effect the transfer portal has had players' willingness to stick around long enough to earn spots. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Transfers pave way for Kentucky football to reach 85-man scholarship limit," 4 May 2020 Ernesto Valverde has bemoaned his side's lack of composure during Barcelona's narrow 2-1 over Slavia Prague, in which a combination of luck and Marc-Andre ter Stegen prevented the Spanish side from dropping crucial Champions League points in Prague., "Ernesto Valverde Laments Barçelona's Lack of Composure After Surviving Slavia Prague 'Avalanche'," 24 Oct. 2019 Free-speech campaigners have bemoaned this assault on bookshops, not least because Schillings’s threats appear to rest on shaky legal foundations, even in Britain. The Economist, "The story behind “Billion Dollar Whale”," 19 Sep. 2019 They’ve also been bemoaned for an inability to win consistently in the present. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "A Round of Upsets at Wimbledon, and the Big Story of Tennis," 3 July 2019 State officials have bemoaned the spending and chided the federal government for stiffing Texas taxpayers with the bill. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texas to send 1,000 National Guard troops to Mexico border to deal with 'escalating crisis'," 21 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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“Bemoan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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