bewailed; bewailing; bewails
: to wail over
: to express deep sorrow for usually by wailing and lamentation
Many people bewailed the changes to the historic building. he invariably spends more time bewailing his predicament than trying to fix it
Recent Examples on the Web Among progressives, the same people who bewail the influence of corporations on cultural and political life also propose to entrench the social role of big businesses by making individual Americans more dependent on them for everything from health care to retirement income. —Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 Now Gove’s remark became the source of the ashen taste in the mouths of Remoaner metropolitan elites bewailing how provincial troglodytes, geriatrics, and Little Englanders had dashed their rationalist, internationalist dreams. —Kyle Smith, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020 Trump’s critics bewailed the outcome as a defeat and a betrayal of our Kurdish allies. —Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2019 Frequently bewailing the know-nothingness of the age, Davenport grouses that real scholarship has disappeared because of the vogue for critical approaches and appreciations. —Michael Dirda, National Review, 25 July 2019 Understandably, promoters and artist representatives have long bewailed the enormous profits being made on the secondary market, which takes none of the risk and puts up none of the funding — and shares none of its profits — for major live events. —Variety, The Mercury News, 24 July 2019 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, 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, 8 Dec. 2017 See More
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