- to express distress or grief over; lament: to bemoan one's fate.
- to regard with regret or disapproval.
Origin of bemoan
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They bemoan the fact that poker games are too often delayed because people get up to take smoke breaks.11 Worst Songs of the Summer of All Time
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He will then bemoan a vague “lack of political will” or “absence of leadership” as the reason for the inertia.The GOP vs. Democracy
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But some bemoan the way the kids have transformed their city, and nowhere is that change more visible than The Bywater.Yale Crusaders Invade New Orleans
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Not to mention the fragrant Ms. Hasselbeck bemoan the fact that we now live in the "divided states of America."Obama's Televised Turn-Off
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I just heard Anderson Cooper bemoan the fact that he had seen no heavy earth moving equipment on the scene.Inside Haiti's Horror
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People grieve and bemoan themselves, but it is not half so bad with them as they say.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I hold it folly in him who must die that he should bemoan himself.
After such a fight, are you fool enough to bemoan a victory?
Opening out her bundle of dried meat, she began to eat and bemoan her fate.The Hot Swamp
Boys, we must not bemoan our loss in the face of such a catastrophe as this.Patience Wins
George Manville Fenn
- to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one's fate)
Old English bemǣnan; see be-, moan
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Word Origin and History for bemoan
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