- 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 laments
“This town was the most beautiful girl in the Congo,” laments a friend sitting nearby.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
“There is no such thing as an unbiased source,” laments one of them.Hey Anti-Vaxxers, Watch NOVA: Vaccines--Calling the Shots
September 11, 2014
Dr. Christensen, who left the VA in 2003, laments the failure of Congress to perform oversight over the system.Why the Crisis in VA Hospitals Shames Our Country on Memorial Day
May 26, 2014
“[The gluten-free one] is smaller and more money,” she laments, pointing to a box of pancake mix.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
"She made those every Sunday morning, and every Sunday morning I was at church with my mother," he laments.A Briny, South Carolina Oyster Shack
Jane & Michael Stern
March 23, 2014
Meanwhile the press in Madrid laments the incultura of the Andalusian peasants.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
Then his laments were so violent that the girl was obliged to soothe him in her turn.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
He laments his inability to assist them, and dwells on his own embarrassments.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Smith, in his autobiography, laments the mortality among the settlers.The Story of the Mormons
William Alexander Linn
I mean that which laments the loss of beauty and its sacrifice to utility.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
- 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 laments
1590s, from Middle French lament and directly from Latin lamentum (see lamentation).