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1 to feel or express sorrow for
  • bemoaned the death of his wife by writing a series of poignant letters addressed to her

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2 to feel sorry or dissatisfied about
  • a think piece bemoaning the coarsening of our society over the last several decades

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How does the verb bemoan differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of bemoan are bewail, deplore, and lament. While all these words mean "to express grief or sorrow for something," 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

When could deplore be used to replace bemoan?

While the synonyms deplore and bemoan are close in meaning, deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value.

deplores the breakdown in family values

When is lament a more appropriate choice than bemoan?

While in some cases nearly identical to bemoan, lament implies a profound or demonstrative expression of sorrow.

lamenting the loss of their only child

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The first known use of bemoan was before the 12th century

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“Bemoan.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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