lamentation

noun lam·en·ta·tion \ ˌla-mən-ˈtā-shən \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

Examples of lamentation in a Sentence

  1. bitter lamentations for the dead

  2. words spoken in lamentation for the dead

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First Known Use of lamentation

14th century


LAMENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

lamentation

noun

Definition of lamentation for English Language Learners

  • : an expression of great sorrow or deep sadness


LAMENTATION Defined for Kids

lamentation

noun lam·en·ta·tion \ ˌla-mən-ˈtā-shən \

Definition of lamentation for Students

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


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