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[bih-weep] /bɪˈwip/
verb (used with object), bewept, beweeping. Archaic.
to weep over (something):
to beweep one's foolish mistakes.
Origin of beweep
before 1000; Middle English bewepen, Old English bewēpan. See be-, weep1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And mournful and with a heavy heart he bewept the extinction of that beam of heaven.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The Empire was bewept,—let us acknowledge the fact,—and bewept by heroic eyes.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • King Saman-lal-posh—Jessamine, wearer of rubies—had so bewept the loss of his sons that he was now blind.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • She gan bewail the stalwart Iring and bewept his wounds, indeed her grief was passing sharp.

  • A bloody and hateful devil—a bewept, bewailed, and sainted martyr—all in a month!

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • All at once she was reminded of the storied tree hard by, the tragedy of which she had often bewept.

    Wolf's Head Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • In the evening Aurora, accompanied by the Hours and the Pleiads, bewept her son.

Word Origin and History for bewept



Old English bewepan, cognate with Old Frisian biwepa, Old Saxon biwopian; see be- + weep. Related: Bewept.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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