[ lam-uh n-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌlæm ənˈteɪ ʃən /


the act of lamenting or expressing grief.
Lamentations, (used with a singular verb) a book of the Bible, traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah. Abbreviation: Lam.

Nearby words

  1. lamellosity,
  2. lamely,
  3. lameness,
  4. lament,
  5. lamentable,
  6. lamentations,
  7. lamented,
  8. lamentedly,
  9. lamerie,
  10. lames

Origin of lamentation

1325–75; < Latin lāmentātiōn- (stem of lāmentātiō), equivalent to lāmentāt(us) (past participle of lāmentārī; see lament) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English lamentacioun < Anglo-FrenchLatin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lamentation


/ (ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃən) /


a lament; expression of sorrow
the act of lamenting
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Word Origin and History for lamentation



late 14c., from Old French lamentacion and directly from Latin lamentationem (nominative lamentatio) "wailing, moaning, weeping," noun of action from past participle stem of lamentari "to wail, moan, weep, lament," from lamentum "a wailing," from PIE root *la- "to shout, cry," probably ultimately imitative. Replaced Old English cwiþan.

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