Synonyms & Antonyms of bewail

to feel or express sorrow for
  • he invariably spends more time bewailing his predicament than trying to fix it

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How does the verb bewail differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of bewail are bemoan, 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 is it sensible to use deplore instead of bewail?

The words deplore and bewail are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, deplore implies regret for the loss or impairment of something of value.

deplores the breakdown in family values

When could lament be used to replace bewail?

Although the words lament and bewail have much in common, 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 bewail was in the 14th century

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“Bewail.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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