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verb (used with object)
  1. to express distress or grief over; lament: to bemoan one's fate.
  2. to regard with regret or disapproval.
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Origin of bemoan

before 1000; be- + moan; replacing bemene, Middle English bimenen, Old English bimǣnan (bi- be- + mǣnan to moan)
Related formsbe·moan·ing·ly, adverbun·be·moaned, adjective
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Related Words for bemoan

mourn, deplore, regret, lament, bewail, complain, rue

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British Dictionary definitions for bemoan


  1. to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one's fate)
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Word Origin for bemoan

Old English bemǣnan; see be-, moan
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Word Origin and History for bemoan


Old English bemænan "to bemoan, wail, lament;" see be- + moan (v.). Related: Bemoaned; bemoaning.

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