from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cry over; lament: bewail the dead.
- transitive v. To express sorrow or unhappiness over: "bewailing the possible effects of double-digit unemployment” ( Washington Post).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wail over; to feel or express deep sorrow for
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To express deep sorrow for, as by wailing; to lament; to wail over.
- intransitive v. To express grief; to lament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mourn aloud for; bemoan; lament; express deep sorrow for: as, to bewail the loss of a child.
- To express grief.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. regret strongly
Middle English biwailen : bi-, be- + wailen; see wail.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bewailen, equivalent to be- (“over, about”) + wail. (Wiktionary)