- to express deep sorrow for; lament: a little child bewailing the loss of her dog.
- to express grief.
Origin of bewail
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1. bemoan, mourn.
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Examples from the Web for bewail
I recount this not to bewail my fate, or to dwell in the past.The Lessons of the Nakba
Ziad J. Asali
May 11, 2012
Yet not once in the course of that trip did he bewail his fate.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
In women, it is reckoned becoming to bewail their loss; in men, to remember it.Tacitus on Germany
When we argue that we weep the dead, it would be more true to say that we bewail the living.The Lion's Skin
They did nothing but regret the past and bewail the present.
I ventured to bewail my fate a little, but that did not seem to advance my cause.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- to express great sorrow over (a person or thing); lament
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Word Origin and History for bewail
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