- to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence.
- to mourn for or over.
- 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
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- 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
C16: from Latin lāmentum
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Word Origin and History for lamentingly
1590s, from Middle French lament and directly from Latin lamentum (see lamentation).
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