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  1. mourned for, as a person who is dead: Our late lamented friend.

Origin of lamented

First recorded in 1605–15; lament + -ed2
Related formsla·ment·ed·ly, adverbqua·si-la·ment·ed, adjectiveun·la·ment·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unlamented

Historical Examples

  • Singly and unsupported have I lived; alone and unlamented must I be carried to my grave.

    The Pilot

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • This is an evil of too serious a character to pass unfelt, unlamented or unrebuked.

  • They tell a story here about Kinsey, the late and unlamented.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding

  • He couldn't have, because he died (unlamented) three years ago.

  • Cheap tea contains sawdust, dried and powdered hay, grass-seed, and departed but unlamented insects.

British Dictionary definitions for unlamented


  1. not missed, regretted, or grieved overhis late unlamented father


  1. grieved for or regretted (often in the phrase late lamented)our late lamented employer
Derived Formslamentedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unlamented


1590s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of lament (v.).



"mourned for," 1610, from past participle of lament (v.).

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