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lament

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verb la·ment \ lə-ˈment \

Definition of lament

intransitive verb
:to mourn aloud :wail
  • nightingales lament without ceasing
  • —L. P. Smith
transitive verb
1 :to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for often demonstratively :mourn
  • … must regret the imprudence, lament the result …
  • —Jane Austen
2 :to regret strongly
  • He lamented his decision not to go to college.

Examples of lament in a Sentence

  1. She lamented over the loss of her best friend.

  2. I've lost my best friend! she lamented.

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Origin and Etymology of lament

Middle English lementen, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French lamenter, from Latin lamentari, from lamentum, noun, lament

lament Synonyms

Synonyms
bemoan, bewail, deplore, grieve (for), mourn, wail (for)
Antonyms
delight, exult (in), glory (in), joy, rejoice (in)
Related Words
elegize; cry (for), keen, moan, weep; regret, rue; bawl, blubber, sob; agonize, bleed, hurt, sorrow, suffer
Near Antonyms
beam, cheer, grin, laugh, smile

Synonym Discussion of lament

deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan mean to express grief or sorrow for something. deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value.
    • deplores the breakdown in family values
lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow.
    • lamenting the loss of their only child
bewail and bemoan imply sorrow, disappointment, or protest finding outlet in words or cries, bewail commonly suggesting loudness, and bemoan lugubriousness.
    • fans bewailed the defeat
    • purists bemoaning the corruption of the language

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lament

noun

Definition of lament

1 :a crying out in grief :wailing
2 :dirge, elegy

Examples of lament in a Sentence

  1. The poem is a lament for a lost love.

  2. the national lament that was heard when President Kennedy was assassinated

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Origin and Etymology of lament


LAMENT Defined for English Language Learners

lament

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verb

Definition of lament for English Language Learners

  • : to express sorrow, regret, or unhappiness about something


lament

noun

Definition of lament for English Language Learners

  • : an expression of sorrow; especially : a song or poem that expresses sorrow for someone who has died or something that is gone


LAMENT Defined for Kids

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lament

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verb la·ment \ lə-ˈment \

Definition of lament for Students

lamented; lamenting
1 :to mourn aloud :wail
2 :to express great sorrow or regret for
  • He lamented the disappearance of his dog.

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lament

noun

Definition of lament for Students

1 :a crying out in great sorrow
2 :a sad song or poem


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