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.
- la·ment·er, noun
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How to use lament in a sentence
“This town was the most beautiful girl in the Congo,” laments a friend sitting nearby.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“There is no such thing as an unbiased source,” laments one of them.Hey Anti-Vaxxers, Watch NOVA: Vaccines--Calling the Shots | Russell Saunders | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dr. Christensen, who left the VA in 2003, laments the failure of Congress to perform oversight over the system.Why the Crisis in VA Hospitals Shames Our Country on Memorial Day | Jake Adelstein | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“[The gluten-free one] is smaller and more money,” she laments, pointing to a box of pancake mix.
"She made those every Sunday morning, and every Sunday morning I was at church with my mother," he laments.
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
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
- lamenter, noun
- lamentingly, adverb
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