lament

[luh-ment]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
  2. to mourn deeply.
noun
  1. an expression of grief or sorrow.
  2. 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

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Related Words for lamenting

regretting, lamentable, mournful, sad, sorrowful, unfortunate

Examples from the Web for lamenting

Contemporary Examples of lamenting

Historical Examples of lamenting

  • The Mikado is lamenting a sudden realisation that he is too old for his love.

  • Some were lamenting, and in restless motion; but, these were few.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • He was lamenting the difference of character between Virginia and New England.

  • You remember I was lamenting that I hadn't got the necessary finery.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • I reminded a lady of this, who was lamenting the fact that in China some women are sold for wives.


British Dictionary definitions for lamenting

lament

verb
  1. to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)
noun
  1. an expression of sorrow
  2. 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 lamenting

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.

lament

n.

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

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