lam·​en·​ta·​tion | \ˌla-mən-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of lamentation 

: an expression of sorrow, mourning, or regret : an act or instance of lamenting a song of lamentation … blending a lamentation over the effects of time with a kind of apologia for it.— Glen R. Brown

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lamentation


groan, howl, keen, lament, moan, plaint, wail


exultation, rejoicing

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Examples of lamentation in a Sentence

bitter lamentations for the dead words spoken in lamentation for the dead

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And these lamentations about disrespect of the FBI and the intelligence services should stop. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Prosecution Is Weakening," 6 Feb. 2018 But after that four-game sweep ended with a 12-point win in Baltimore, the news stories the next day did not include lamentations about the competitiveness of the game, or concerns for the sport’s future. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "The Warriors Were Dominant. But How Dominant?," 9 June 2018 The lamentations kept pouring in throughout the evening, including from the national Democratic campaign committees, MoveOn, Tom Steyer, and other political opportunists. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Whom Do Red-State Democrats Fear Most?," 11 July 2018 For this brief moment, every point of argument mattered, and no detail was too small for concern or lamentation. Constance Grady, Vox, "For Bloomsday, read the bizarrely fascinating story of a Joyce scholar who went missing," 16 June 2018 Coltrane’s lamentation for four black schoolgirls killed by the Ku Klux Klan in a 1963 church bombing. Bill Beuttler,, "In Terence Blanchard’s hands, a trumpet is an instrument of protest," 5 June 2018 Valleywag tweaks him some more, over his apparent lamentation of women’s suffrage and social welfare as blows to libertarianism. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "New tech books: ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Broad Band,’ ‘The Truth Machine’," 1 June 2018 And there is hope, as well as lamentation, in its sweet, sad sound. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Fall’ Delivers Stirring Protest in South Africa," 12 Mar. 2018 The talk that followed—some lamentation, some j’accuse, many grim warnings, not much humor—was a succession of testimonies against Silicon Valley, along with some acknowledgement that quitting its world-changing products is almost impossible. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Is Silicon Valley Silencing Conservatives on Social Media?," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lamentation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lamentation

: an expression of great sorrow or deep sadness


lam·​en·​ta·​tion | \ˌla-mən-ˈtā-shən \

Kids Definition of lamentation

1 : great sorrow

2 : an expression of great sorrow Mourners uttered lamentations.

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