bewail

verb be·wail \ bi-ˈwāl \

Definition of bewail

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

Examples of bewail in a Sentence

  1. Many people bewailed the changes to the historic building.

  2. he invariably spends more time bewailing his predicament than trying to fix it

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First Known Use of bewail

14th century

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of bewail

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

BEWAIL Defined for English Language Learners

bewail

Definition of bewail for English Language Learners

  • : to express great sadness or disappointment about (something)



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