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verb (used with object)
  1. to express deep sorrow for; lament: a little child bewailing the loss of her dog.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to express grief.
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Origin of bewail

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at be-, wail
Related formsbe·wail·ing·ly, adverbbe·wail·ment, nounun·be·wailed, adjectiveun·be·wail·ing, adjective


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1. bemoan, mourn.
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  1. to express great sorrow over (a person or thing); lament
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Derived Formsbewailed, adjectivebewailer, nounbewailing, noun, adjectivebewailingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bewail


c.1300, from be- + wail (v.). Related: Bewailed; bewailing.

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