[ 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.

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 lamentations (1 of 2)


/ (ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃənz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

a book of the Old Testament, traditionally ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem
a musical setting of these poems

British Dictionary definitions for lamentations (2 of 2)


/ (ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃən) /


a lament; expression of sorrow
the act of lamenting
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