a loud and demonstrative display of grief, remorse, or the like: The authorities indulged in a great deal of breast-beating about traffic accidents but failed to pass new driving laws.


characterized by or involving breast-beating.

Origin of breast-beating

First recorded in 1950–55
Related formsbreast-beat·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of breast-beating

Historical Examples of breast-beating

  • Breast-beating is as solitary as any other form of masturbation.

  • Red-Eye abruptly ceased his breast-beating and tooth-grinding, and ran across the timber-jam to the shore.

    Before Adam

    Jack London