[ luh-ment ]
See synonyms for: lamentlamentedlamentinglaments on

verb (used with object)
  1. to feel or express sorrow or regret for: to lament his absence.

  2. to mourn for or over.

verb (used without object)
  1. to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.

  2. to mourn deeply.

  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

First recorded in 1520–30; (noun) from Latin lāmentum “plaint”; (verb) from Latin lāmentārī, derivative of lāmentum

Other words for lament

Other words from lament

  • la·ment·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lament in a sentence

  • And then while the mother laments, preparations are made to follow the maiden to the shrines out yonder by the sea.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • They listen, half-heeding, to the protests and laments; they could not help it, they explain—the music took hold of them.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
  • If, on the contrary, he is employed in mean labours, he evidently grieves and laments his being thus debased.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • "Mr. G.," he murmurs, "would not have done that," and laments a vanished subtlety even while Mr. Evesham is speaking.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • The time passed so quickly that loud laments were heard when the mother announced that it was time for Leonore to retire.

    Maezli | Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for lament


/ (ləˈmɛnt) /

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

  1. an expression of sorrow

  2. a poem or song in which a death is lamented

Origin of lament

C16: from Latin lāmentum

Derived forms of lament

  • lamenter, noun
  • lamentingly, adverb

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