be·​wail | \bi-ˈwāl \
bewailed; bewailing; bewails

Definition of bewail 

transitive verb

1 : to wail over

2 : to express deep sorrow for usually by wailing and lamentation

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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 bewail in a Sentence

Many people bewailed the changes to the historic building. he invariably spends more time bewailing his predicament than trying to fix it

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Across the country, North and South, Christians gathered in their churches to remember the crucifixion of Christ and to bewail their sins, which made such a sacrifice necessary. Jonathan Den Hartog, WSJ, "Lincoln’s Biblical Lessons of Reconciliation," 26 Apr. 2018 While progressives may cheer specific cases like Obergefell, recent years have seen them deliver numerous harsh assessments of the Supreme Court’s overall record, bewailing its interpretations of the Constitution that purportedly favor the wealthy. James W. Lucas, National Review, "The Supreme Court versus the Constitution," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of bewail

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bewail

: to express great sadness or disappointment about (something)

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