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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bitter lamentations for the dead words spoken in lamentation for the dead
Recent Examples on the Web Her death drew an outpouring of admiration and lamentation from other Trek alums such as Michael Okuda and George Takei on social platforms and in public statements. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Star Trek writer and Hollywood trailblazer D.C. Fontana has died," 4 Dec. 2019 But the faces denied entrance are yours, the weak ones are yours, lamentations and anthems streaking through your veins, dark with sleet and thaw. Joanna Klink, The New Republic, "Night Sky," 3 Oct. 2019 Their lamentations were also a coded attack on ultra-leftist zealots who were circling the ailing Mao, now that Zhou was gone. The Economist, "Some thank Zhou Enlai for saving China from Mao’s excesses," 24 Oct. 2019 This is not to further pan for lamentations over the demise of a website. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Real Threat to Journalism Is Not Donald Trump," 25 Oct. 2019 In Sticks and Stones, his solipsistic lamentations about how sensitive audiences have gotten exude not just irritation but also fear. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Dave Chappelle Doubles Down," 28 Aug. 2019 Gray holds court with a nebbishy, self-mocking churn of anecdote and lamentation, and his humor, in the outer-borough Ashkenazi style, can leave one unsure where the shtick ends and the real self-loathing starts. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space," 9 Sep. 2019 The angry lamentation by a native woman amidst the raging Amazon forest fire in Brazil is only the latest evidence of such marginalisation. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "Tribals in India’s Kerala are protesting against a Hindu name given to a captured elephant," 30 Aug. 2019 Yes, the Old Globe’s ever-surprising, at times wildly contemporized new staging of the great tragedy makes room for a rock band led by that other British bard of romantic lamentation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Old Globe’s music-filled ‘Romeo and Juliet’ brings strange and satisfying surprises to Shakespeare," 18 Aug. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lamentation

formal : an expression of great sorrow or deep sadness


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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