Origin of lamentation
Examples from the Web for lamentations
Well, I think these lamentations have been happening since probably the turn of the century.My Lunch with Marisa Tomei: The Actress on ‘The Realistic Joneses,’ ‘Girls,’ and de Blasio’s NYC|Marlow Stern|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the Ninth of Av, when the congregation gathers to read the scroll of Lamentations, people do not greet each other.
And those of us reared on MTV, for all the lamentations about our laziness and our sense of entitlement, are just about grown up.
He was not at all in the mood for lamentations from Miss Milton.The Cathedral|Sir Hugh Walpole
Shall we tell the lamentations that ensued when Miss Wardle found herself deserted by the faithless Jingle?The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
Their ferocious disposition seemed only to delight in cries, groans, and lamentations.The Pirates Own Book|Charles Ellms
Now all this time the periodic celebrations, the games, and lamentations, and songs would be assuming a more solemn character.Early Bardic Literature, Ireland|Standish O'Grady
He sat musing for a while, then burst into sighs and lamentations.Edgar Huntley|Charles Brockden Brown
noun (functioning as singular)
Biblical book, late 14c., short for Lamentations of Jeremiah, from Latin Lamentationes, translating Greek Threnoi (see 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.