from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To express grief over; lament.
  • transitive v. To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore: "Tom Brokaw of NBC News recently bemoaned 'the cancer of the sound bite' afflicting Presidential campaigning” ( John Tierney).

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  • v. to complain about; to dismay or worry about something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To express deep grief for by moaning; to express sorrow for; to lament; to bewail; to pity or sympathize with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lament; bewail; express sorrow for: as, to bemoan the loss of a son.
  • Reflexively, to bewail one's lot.
  • To pity; feel or express sympathy with or pity for.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. regret strongly


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bimonen, alteration (influenced by mone, moan) of bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan : be-, be- + mǣnan, to complain of.

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From Middle English bemenen, bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan ("to bemoan, bewail, lament"), equivalent to be- (“about, concerning”) +‎ moan. Alteration of vowel from Middle to Modern English due to analogy with moan.


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