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[bih-mohn] /bɪˈmoʊn/
verb (used with object)
to express distress or grief over; lament:
to bemoan one's fate.
to regard with regret or disapproval.
Origin of bemoan
before 1000; be- + moan; replacing bemene, Middle English bimenen, Old English bimǣnan (bi- be- + mǣnan to moan)
Related forms
bemoaningly, adverb
unbemoaned, adjective Unabridged
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  • Madam Spider sulked or bemoaned her fate at the bottom of her den.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • How they bemoaned the fact that they were not there to help him!

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Then coming to, she bemoaned her wretched fate, and wept for my faithlessness.

  • I bemoaned my state of slavery, and he, true open-hearted man, did sympathize with me.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • "It's the news we had ready for you when you brought us such a disappointment," bemoaned Edna.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for bemoaned


to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one's fate)
Word Origin
Old English bemǣnan; see be-, moan
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Word Origin and History for bemoaned



Old English bemænan "to bemoan, wail, lament;" see be- + moan (v.). Related: Bemoaned; bemoaning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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