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lamentation

[lam-uh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌlæm ənˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of lamenting or expressing grief.
2.
a lament.
3.
Lamentations, (used with a singular verb) a book of the Bible, traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah.
Abbreviation: Lam.
Origin of lamentation
1325-1375
1325-75; < Latin lāmentātiōn- (stem of lāmentātiō), equivalent to lāmentāt(us) (past participle of lāmentārī; see lament) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English lamentacioun < Anglo-FrenchLatin, as above
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  • The seaman and travelers awaited their end with lamentations.

  • The tears and lamentations in the drawing-room were irresistible.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • Her days and nights were passed in lamentations, tears, and prayers.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • The news he gave them was to be read in the lamentations with which they disturbed the morning air.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • No, certainly Uthoug junior had not come with lamentations and condolences.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • Leaving Corny to his lamentations, the duke walked towards the door.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • I saw that the lout was astonished not to hear the lamentations he expected.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for lamentations

Lamentations

/ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃənz/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
a book of the Old Testament, traditionally ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem
2.
a musical setting of these poems

lamentation

/ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
a lament; expression of sorrow
2.
the act of lamenting
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Word Origin and History for lamentations

Lamentations

n.

Biblical book, late 14c., short for Lamentations of Jeremiah, from Latin Lamentationes, translating Greek Threnoi (see lamentation).

lamentation

n.

late 14c., from Old French lamentacion and directly from Latin lamentationem (nominative lamentatio) "wailing, moaning, weeping," noun of action from past participle stem of lamentari "to wail, moan, weep, lament," from lamentum "a wailing," from PIE root *la- "to shout, cry," probably ultimately imitative. Replaced Old English cwiþan.

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