mourned for, as a person who is dead: Our late lamented friend.

Origin of lamented

First recorded in 1605–15; lament + -ed2
Related formsla·ment·ed·ly, adverbqua·si-la·ment·ed, adjectiveun·la·ment·ed, adjective



verb (used with object)

to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence.
to mourn for or over.

verb (used without object)

to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
to mourn deeply.


an expression of grief or sorrow.
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

Synonyms for lament Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lamented

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

Examples from the Web for lamented

Contemporary Examples of lamented

Historical Examples of lamented

  • It is only by the intervention of a miracle that we can ever revisit the dear, lamented fields of Clwyd.


    William Godwin

  • Often have I lamented the distance which destiny had placed between us.

  • "If only the Mayor of the Borough had performed the ceremony," Gilbert lamented.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I have often lamented the advantage which the French have over us in that particular.

    The Contrast

    Royall Tyler

  • He hated vice, was indulgent to frailties, and lamented misfortunes.

British Dictionary definitions for lamented



grieved for or regretted (often in the phrase late lamented)our late lamented employer
Derived Formslamentedly, adverb



to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)


an expression of sorrow
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 lamented

"mourned for," 1610, from past participle of 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.



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

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