verb (used with object)

to express distress or grief over; lament: to bemoan one's fate.
to regard with regret or disapproval.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bemoaned

Historical Examples of bemoaned

  • It is when moisture is failing from the ground that he is bemoaned.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • On the top of a hill near by Peter bemoaned his losses and, it is said, his foolhardiness.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • Ere long men multiplied and bemoaned their condition as before.

    Zui Fetiches

    Frank Hamilton Cushing

  • How they bemoaned the fact that they were not there to help him!

    A Prisoner of Morro

    Upton Sinclair

  • I bemoaned my state of slavery, and he, true open-hearted man, did sympathize with me.


    Richard Short

British Dictionary definitions for bemoaned



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

Word Origin for bemoan

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



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

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