lament

[luh-ment]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
  2. to mourn deeply.
noun
  1. an expression of grief or sorrow.
  2. a formal expression of sorrow or mourning, especially in verse or song; an elegy or dirge.

Origin of lament

1520–30; (noun) < Latin lāmentum plaint; (v.) < Latin lāmentārī, derivative of lāmentum
Related formsla·ment·er, nounla·ment·ing·ly, adverb

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Related Words for lament

bemoan, deplore, regret, moan, bewail, sob, rue, wail, sorrow, cry, bawl, hurt, repine, rain, sing, weep, bleed, howl

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British Dictionary definitions for lament

lament

verb
  1. to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)
noun
  1. an expression of sorrow
  2. a poem or song in which a death is lamented
Derived Formslamenter, nounlamentingly, adverb

Word Origin for lament

C16: from Latin lāmentum
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Word Origin and History for lament
v.

mid-15c., back-formation from lamentation or else from Middle French lamenter "to moan, bewail" (14c.) and directly from Latin lamentari, from lamentum (see lamentation). Related: Lamented; lamenting.

n.

1590s, from Middle French lament and directly from Latin lamentum (see lamentation).

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