lamentation

noun
lam·​en·​ta·​tion | \ ˌla-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce lamentation (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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In an impassioned speech, preceded by prayers of lamentation, Greear blamed the crisis on years of cover-ups. Jay Reeves And David Crary, Houston Chronicle, "Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action," 13 June 2019 In an impassioned speech, preceded by prayers of lamentation, Greear blamed the crisis on years of cover-ups. Washington Post, "Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action," 13 June 2019 In the blue-collar reaches of northern England, in places like Liverpool, modern history tends to be told in the cadence of lamentation, as the story of one indignity after another. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything," 28 May 2018 The Demon has the prince killed on the way to the wedding, and the entire second act is a lengthy party scene, its celebrations cut short by the news of the bridegroom’s demise, and then extended with repetitive lamentations. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Demon’ Review: Obsession and Seduction," 31 July 2018 Corker and Flake could’ve joined with their comrade-in-lamentations Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) to form a never-Trump caucus that effectively controlled the Senate. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The fall of the not-quite-Trumpers," 6 Nov. 2018 Then comes the rejoinder, a stirring lamentation from the trumpeter Marcus Wyatt, just as deflated, but refusing ennui. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: John Prine Comes Home, and 10 More New Songs," 9 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of lamentation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lamentation was in the 14th century

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lamentation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lamentation

formal : an expression of great sorrow or deep sadness

lamentation

noun
lam·​en·​ta·​tion | \ ˌla-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce lamentation (audio) \

Kids Definition of lamentation

1 : great sorrow
2 : an expression of great sorrow Mourners uttered lamentations.

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