to express distress or grief over; lament: to bemoan one's fate.
to regard with regret or disapproval.
- be·moan·ing·ly, adverb
- un·be·moaned, adjective
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How to use bemoan in a sentence
Elected leaders at the state and local levels bemoan our housing crisis.Opponents of Measure E (and More Housing) Want You to Be Very, Very Afraid | Marissa Tucker-Borquez | October 9, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Rallying cries from opponents of housing reform bemoan that even modest increases in density are a threat to their community’s “character” or the “California dream of single-family home ownership.”Inclusive Communities Will Require Inclusionary Zoning | Al Abdallah | October 6, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
For years, marketers and agency execs have bemoaned some of the dated processes of the industry.‘We have the capability’: How the coronavirus crisis has accelerated advertising’s shift to agility | Kristina Monllos | September 7, 2020 | Digiday
Schools were de facto the priority, as only they had a path to reopen – a fact that the mayor bemoaned in a lengthy letter about how desperately businesses needed to open.
Of course, this isn’t a new realization brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, as agency leaders have long bemoaned the fee-based payment model that agencies still use today.‘You can’t just cut a little bit’: Why this moment could force agencies to accelerate necessary changes to their business models | Kristina Monllos | August 4, 2020 | Digiday
How many times have you heard a dubious Cup observer bemoan a low-scoring game?What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Portugal, Costa Rica, and England in the World Cup | Nathan Daschle | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While most comics would bemoan going on this late, but not Ardie.TMZ Makes Tragedy Porn Out of Tracy Morgan’s Gruesome Car Accident | Dean Obeidallah | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Critics who are less bullish on The Crazy Ones bemoan all of this, protesting that the Robin Williams shtick is worn out.‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ & Robin Williams’s ‘The Crazy Ones’ Are Fall’s Best New Sitcoms | Kevin Fallon | September 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They bemoan the fact that poker games are too often delayed because people get up to take smoke breaks.
College presidents publicly bemoan the plethora of college rankings.How to Reinvent College Rankings: Show the Data Students Need Most | Steve Cohen | March 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The English name was hateful, and he would rather die when Ireland was lost than live in England to bemoan it.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
Even Catharine might never bemoan his wickednesses to her husband.Emily Bront | A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
A young book-buyer might well turn out upon Primrose Hill and bemoan his youth, after comparing old catalogues with new.Obiter Dicta | Augustine Birrell
I know that you bemoan the manner in which he has been brought up; but such late repentance must be avoided like poison.An Egyptian Princess, Complete | Georg Ebers
O the many weeks that I have had to sit with my mouth in the dust to bemoan my own inward misery!Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel | John Yeardley
British Dictionary definitions for bemoan
to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one's fate)
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