- to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence.
- to mourn for or over.
- to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
- to mourn deeply.
- an expression of grief or sorrow.
- a formal expression of sorrow or mourning, especially in verse or song; an elegy or dirge.
Origin of lament
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Examples from the Web for lament
While many today lament that iPhones and iPads have become almost extra limbs, for Hockney they were a breakthrough for his art.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
But by and large, McCain and Kaine didn't so much disagree as lament different topics.Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security
November 22, 2014
So go the lyrics of the iconic 1970 Joni Mitchell lament, “Big Yellow Taxi.”Paved Paradise
The Daily Beast
September 24, 2014
But even if you blame the parties equally, or blame the Democrats more, you should lament this: It harms the United States.American Statesmanship Is Depressingly MIA on Border Kids, MH17 & Gaza
July 21, 2014
Millions of other Americans will lament they live in cities with strapped budgets that throw piddling BBQs and hand out sparklers.James Madison’s Lesson in Delayed Great-ification
July 4, 2014
"Yes, but something is always happening," she continued in lament.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This is the unfortunate story that gave rise to my printed poem, "The Lament."The Letters of Robert Burns
Do not lament my fate; I will always be happy while I know you are so.
He would creep in secret to the temple of the god, and lament because he had lost the princess.The Chinese Fairy Book
Alas, though I myself should be buried in the ruin, why should I apprehend, or why lament it?Imogen
- to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)
- an expression of sorrow
- a poem or song in which a death is lamented
Word Origin and History for lament
1590s, from Middle French lament and directly from Latin lamentum (see lamentation).