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wails

noun
plural of wail

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a crying out in grief
  • a prolonged wail arose from every corner of the city as the victims of the earthquake were unearthed from the rubble

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2 a long low sound indicating pain or grief
  • rescuers heard a faint wail coming from the pile of rubble, a sure sign that one of the victims was still alive

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3 an expression of dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment
  • a transit fare increase that is sure to bring wails from the straphangers

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wails

verb
present tense third-person singular of wail

Synonyms & Antonyms of wails (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely
  • the state's residents are always wailing about their high taxes

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2 to make a long loud mournful sound
  • the women stood beside the coffins, wailing for their fallen sons and daughters

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3 to utter a moan
  • the patient lay in her bed, occasionally softly wailing in pain

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“Wails.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wails. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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