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[lam-uh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌlæm ənˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of lamenting or expressing grief.
a lament.
Lamentations, (used with a singular verb) a book of the Bible, traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah.
Abbreviation: Lam.
Origin of lamentation
1325-75; < Latin lāmentātiōn- (stem of lāmentātiō), equivalent to lāmentāt(us) (past participle of lāmentārī; see lament) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English lamentacioun < Anglo-FrenchLatin, as above Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lamentation
  • Others wailed in lamentation, or implored the intercession of saints.
  • Her face is sweet and startled, but bitterness often flickers through her litany of lamentation.
  • Her life was a history of abdication and lamentation.
  • Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy of the living.
  • Sobs filled the house in a crescendo that became a group lamentation.
  • One hears much lamentation these days to the effect that the art of lieder is either moribund or dead.
  • On the further bank willows wept in perpetual lamentation, their hair about their shoulders.
  • During the ceremonies the immense audience was deeply affected, and the voice of lamentation and sorrow was heard on every hand.
  • The words are few and broken in which the heart tells its lamentation.
  • Her only lamentation is the fact that she is forced to dress in all black.
British Dictionary definitions for lamentation


a lament; expression of sorrow
the act of lamenting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lamentation

late 14c., from Old French lamentacion and directly from Latin lamentationem (nominative lamentatio) "wailing, moaning, weeping," noun of action from past participle stem of lamentari "to wail, moan, weep, lament," from lamentum "a wailing," from PIE root *la- "to shout, cry," probably ultimately imitative. Replaced Old English cwiþan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lamentation in the Bible

(Heb. qinah), an elegy or dirge. The first example of this form of poetry is the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam. 1:17-27). It was a frequent accompaniment of mourning (Amos 8:10). In 2 Sam. 3:33, 34 is recorded David's lament over Abner. Prophecy sometimes took the form of a lament when it predicted calamity (Ezek. 27:2, 32; 28:12; 32:2, 16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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