American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
- v. To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.
- v. To grieve audibly; wail.
- v. To express sorrow or regret. See Synonyms at grieve.
- n. A feeling or an expression of grief; a lamentation.
- n. A song or poem expressing deep grief or mourning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An expression of grief or sorrow; a sad complaint; a lamentation.
- n. A set form of lamentation or mourning; an elegy; a mourning song or ballad.
- n. The music for an elegy, or a tune intended to express or excite sorrowful emotion; a mournful air.
- To express sorrow; utter words or sounds of grief; mourn audibly; wail.
- To show great sorrow or regret; repine; chafe; grieve.
- Synonyms Lament, Mourn, Grieve; sorrow. Lament expresses always, at least figuratively, an external act. Mourn was originally and is still often the same, but does not now suggest anything audible. Grieve suggests more of a consuming effect upon the person sorrowing. See affliction.
- To bewail; mourn for; bemoan; deplore.
- To afflict; distress.
- n. An expression of grief, suffering, or sadness.
- n. A song expressing grief.
- v. intransitive To express grief.
- v. transitive To bewail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To express or feel sorrow; to weep or wail; to mourn.
- v. To mourn for; to bemoan; to bewail.
- n. Grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a wailing; a moaning; a weeping.
- n. An elegy or mournful ballad, or the like.
- n. a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
- n. a cry of sorrow and grief
- v. express grief verbally
- v. regret strongly
- n. a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
- From French lamenter, from Latin lāmentor ("I wail, weep"), from lāmenta ("wailings, laments, moanings"); with formative -mentum, from the root *la-, probably ultimately imitative. Also see latrare. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English lementen, from Old French lamenter, from Latin lāmentārī, from lāmentum, lament. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Further, to lament is to express dissatisfaction, to complain and to deplore.”
“Further, to lament is to express dissatisfaction, to complain, to deplore.”
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