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

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Lamentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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