Definition of Lament

1. Noun. A cry of sorrow and grief. "Their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"

Exact synonyms: Lamentation, Plaint, Wail
Generic synonyms: Complaint
Derivative terms: Wail, Wail



2. Verb. Express grief verbally. "We lamented the death of the child"
Exact synonyms: Keen
Entails: Grieve, Sorrow
Generic synonyms: Express Emotion, Express Feelings
Derivative terms: Keen, Lamentation, Lamentation, Lamenter

3. Noun. A song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.
Exact synonyms: Coronach, Dirge, Requiem, Threnody
Specialized synonyms: Keen
Generic synonyms: Song, Vocal

4. Verb. Regret strongly. "They lament that there was a traffic accident "; "We lamented the loss of benefits"
Exact synonyms: Bemoan, Bewail, Deplore
Generic synonyms: Complain, Kick, Kvetch, Plain, Quetch, Sound Off
Derivative terms: Lamentable, Lamenter

5. Noun. A mournful poem; a lament for the dead.
Exact synonyms: Elegy
Generic synonyms: Poem, Verse Form
Derivative terms: Elegist, Elegize

Definition of Lament

1. v. i. To express or feel sorrow; to weep or wail; to mourn.

2. v. t. To mourn for; to bemoan; to bewail.

3. n. Grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a wailing; a moaning; a weeping.

Definition of Lament

1. Noun. An expression of grief, suffering, or sadness. ¹

2. Noun. A song expressing grief. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To express grief. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To bewail. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lament

1. to express sorrow or regret for [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lament

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Literary usage of Lament

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The first elegy is divided into a lament over Sion in the third person (verses 1-11), and a lament of Sion over itself (verses 12-22). ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"... lament Am — ' Cha till mi tuille ' This lament was contributed by Scott to ... is said to have composed this lament when the Clan was about to depart ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"... lament' exemplifies one kind; the following Ossianic ballad the other. It is an extended and less simple but otherwise faithful version of the lament of ..."

4. English Synonyms Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1818)
"We may complain without any cause, and lament beyond what the cause requires; ... It would be idle for a man to complain of his want of education, or lament ..."

5. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... lament. The sword is again lost; when Thisbe goes around distracted. Her friends point to it underneath Pyramus; she has to arouse him to get it. ..."

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