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lament

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to feel or express sorrow for
  • she lamented the loss of her beloved pet to a degree that went way beyond words

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2 to feel sorry or dissatisfied about
  • the youth lamented not having spent more time with his late grandfather

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lament

noun

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1 a crying out in grief
  • the national lament that was heard when the beloved singer perished in the crash

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2 a composition expressing one's grief over a loss
  • a poem that is her lament for her late grandmother

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3 an expression of dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment
  • the actress' lament that there aren't enough good roles for women

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How does the verb lament differ from other similar words?

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

lamenting the loss of their only child

How do bewail and bemoan relate to one another, in the sense of lament?

Both 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 lament?

The words deplore and lament 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

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The first known use of lament was in the 15th century

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“Lament.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lament. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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