[lam-uh n-tey-shuh n]


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 lamentations


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



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